HANBOJUTSU and TAIJUTSU with MATS HJELM

Click here to buy the DVDThis video contains Taijutsu techniques with variations including the Hanbo (short staff). Also Hanbojutsu basics with Taijutsu applications. You can see how similar the Taijutsu techniques can be done with a weapon, and how easy it is to do a weapon technique without a weapon. This seminar was filmed shortly after Mats Hjelm’s second Japan trip this year training with Soke and the Shihan.

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Title: Keiko27 – Mats Hjelm – Taijutsu and Hanbojutsu
Instructors: Mats Hjelm Theme: Taijutsu and Hanbojutsu (Japan kanjou)
Recorded: Recorded in Stockholm June 27′th 2009
Language: The instruction is in Swedish!
Format: h.264 (480 × 272), AAC. 70 minutes.

About the instructor

Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983, but it wasn’t until 1986 he had the opportunity to start training more seriously under a Shidôshi. He attends around 20 seminars, go to Japan 2-3 times every year. Since he started training he never had a training break. He takes his budo training very seriously! If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see Mats web site http://www.kesshi.com

Pictures from the seminar

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Kage No Keiko: Don’t Ask a Shadow for Answers

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There is an old tale about a teacher whose students asked him, "Where does your teaching come from?  What is its source?  Who is your teacher?"

The teacher replies,
You are not ready for my answer.  If I say that my teaching is from inspiration, you will consider me crazy.  If I say it is my own teaching and skill, some will worship me and never learn.  If I name my teacher, many will turn to him to ask the same dumb questions while ignoring real study.

In the Bujinkan, Hatsumi Sensei has told us that training is a process of developing the eyes to be able to see true budo. Hatsumi Sensei talks about different types of keiko or training, even in dreams.  He says that when he is training intensely, he will have weird dreams.  He tells this story about his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu,
He would draw from 5:00 a.m. to noon every day.  One day, he painted a picture of a dragon for his friend.  A few nights later, my teacher dreamed about a dragon that had no eyes.  The dragon said to him, "I want eyes."  The next morning he called his friend and his friend told him that the painting of the dragon had no eyes.
Sensei says that this dream training comes when you are having a hard time mastering something.  He says the "secrets of budo are introduced as "dreams from the gods."  Soke tells us that the best way to train is to learn physically first, then understand the theory.  Devote yourself to constant keiko.  Have the feeling of Ninpo Ikkan.

He says that if you get stuck you can focus even though you cannot move forward.  This is when you pass into kage no keiko (shadow training).  I wrote about the phases of training and other types of keiko here: Beyond Godan Into Wakaranai-Keiko

The teacher from the old story continues, "If, after being told a hundred times that the teachers are all one and the techniques are meaningless you still look for the source, you will never find it."

The students ask, "Then what shall we do?"

The teacher responds,
"Stop imagining that, just because you can ask a question, you can perceive the answer without any of the foundation necessary for such a perception to occur."


[New DVD] Duncan Stewart Shihan – Three new videos

We have three new DVD’s with Duncan Stewart Shihan from a seminar in Stockholm in April 2010. Duncan Stewart has been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu since 1988 and is ranked Judan Kugyo. He has lived in Japan since 2004 and trains consistently with Hatsumi Soke, Nagato Shihan, Noguchi Shihan, Someya Shihan and Someya Shihan. He is often uke and asked to demonstrate at classes. Duncan was Nagato Shihans sole uke at the Bujinkan Honbu for two years when studying direct from the Gyokko Ryu Densho and the Kukishinden Ryu. If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site tazziedevil.wordpress.com.

Bushinden Kai 武神伝会 is ”A Gathering to honour the teachings of the Warrior Gods.” Respecting Souke, The Shihan, and our Martial Ancestors for their transmission of the Nine Traditions of the Bujinkan.

Budo is not about instruction. It is about learning to teach yourself. This is the first thing I want people who attend the Bushinden Kai to understand. We are all on our own Shugyo. We must take responsibility for ourselves, while developing the heart and compassion of the Bujinkan Bugeisha.

Duncan Stewart – Tachi Kumiuchi (Part 1 of 2)

This is part one of two from a seminar with Duncan Stewart Shihan from Japan teaching in Stockholm During April 2010. Duncan taught the theme of this year, Tachi Kumiuchi. Taijutsu and weapons, against one or multiple attackers. He also explained this years philosophical theme Rokkon-shoujou and much much more…

120 Minutes in NTSC / Region free for 239.00 SEK

Duncan Stewart – Tachi Kumiuchi (Part 2 of 2)

This is part two of two from a seminar with Duncan Stewart Shihan from Japan teaching in Stockholm During April 2010. Duncan taught the theme of this year, Tachi Kumiuchi. Taijutsu and weapons, against one or multiple attackers. He also explained this years philosophical theme Rokkon-shoujou and much much more…

120 Minutes in NTSC / Region free for 239.00 SEK

Duncan Stewart – Kihon Happo (Tachi Kumiuchi)

This is from the extra training at Kaigozan Dojo. On this DVD Duncan show the basic techniques, henka and more advanced. Without weapons and with weapons, also the connection to this years theme Rokkon-shoujou.

120 Minutes in NTSC / Region free for 239.00 SEK

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