Takamatsu Sensei taught Hatsumi Sōke with 42 hands

At the training yesterday Sōke said that he had been taught by the 42 hands of Takamatsu Sensei. He was referring to 千手千眼観自在菩薩 Senju-sengen Kanjizai Bosatsu that had 1000 hands and 1000 eyes. The deity emphasizes the compassion that sees suffering (with 1000 eyes) and acts to relieve it (with 1000 hands).

千手観音Senju Kannon appears in the 虚空蔵院 Kokūzōin of the 胎蔵界曼荼羅 Taizōkai Mandara, with 27 faces and 42 main arms, while innumerable small arms fan out behind. Since it is difficult to portray one thousand arms, images usually show Senju with two principle arms in 合掌印 Gasshō-in (Sk: anjali mudra) in front of his chest and 40 arms, holding attributes and forming mudra, on the sides (altogether 42 arms, or shijūnihi 四十二臂). This number can be justified because each hand saves the beings of 25 worlds, and 40 times the 25 equals 1000.

Takamatsu Sensei died when Hatsumi Sōke was 42 years old. 42 years later we had a big Taikai in Japan to celebrate Takamatsu Sensei and starting a new cycle. In Japanese culture, the number 42 is considered unlucky because the numerals when pronounced separately—shi ni (four two)—sound like the word “death”.

Many cultures around the world recognise the number 42 in interesting ways.

There are 42 questions asked of persons making their journey through Death in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.

42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabbalistic tradition.

42 is also the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything according Douglas Adams in his science fiction book Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy.

Funny fact; in 1996 Cambridge astronomers said that Adams was right. Dr Richard Saunders, who led the research, sounded a trifle abashed by the result. “We have taken two measurements for the constant, and the average of them is, well, it’s 42.”

Sōke showed us antique small miniature weapons. He said it is important to appreciate the quality and details, and we should study them.

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文殊 MONJU – Bujinkan Theme 2018

文殊 MONJU (Guardian of the Law, Voice of the Law) is one of many meanings. Monju is considered the wisest of the Bodhisattva, and thus acts as the Voice (Expounder) of Buddhist Law.

Japanese sculptures of Monju often depict the deity sitting atop a roaring lion or shishi, which symbolizes the voice of Buddhist Law and the power of Buddhism to overcome all obstacles. Shishi are also commonly found guarding the entrance gate to shrines and temples. Monju typically holds the Sutra of Wisdom in the left hand and a sharp sword in the right, which Monju uses to cut through illusion and shed light on the unenlightened mind. In some artwork, Monju carries a lotus flower and sits atop a shishi (mythical lion).

Monju’s cult was introduced to Japan by Ennin 圓仁 (794-864 AD; also spelled 円仁), a Japanese monk who visited Wutaishan (a five-terraced mountain in China’s Shanxi Province that today is still a major center of the Monju cult) during his travels to China (838-847 AD).

Mañjuśrī is a bodhisattva associated with prajñā (insight) in Mahayana Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism, he is also a yidam. His name means “Gentle Glory” in Sanskrit.[1] Mañjuśrī is also known by the fuller name of Mañjuśrīkumārabhūta,[2] literally “Mañjuśrī, Still a Youth” or, less literally, “Prince Mañjuśrī”.

A mantra commonly associated with Mañjuśrī is the following:

oṃ arapacana dhīḥ
The Arapacana is a syllabary consisting of forty-two letters, and is named after the first five letters: a, ra, pa, ca, na

A is a door to the insight that all dharmas are unproduced from the very beginning (ādya-anutpannatvād).
RA is a door to the insight that all dharmas are without dirt (rajas).
PA is a door to the insight that all dharmas have been expounded in the ultimate sense (paramārtha).
CA is a door to the insight that the decrease (cyavana) or rebirth of any dharma cannot be apprehended, because all dharmas do not decrease, nor are they reborn.
NA is a door to the insight that the names (i.e. nāma) of all dharmas have vanished; the essential nature behind names cannot be gained or lost.

Tibetan pronunciation is slightly different and so the Tibetan characters read: oṃ a ra pa tsa na dhīḥ (Tibetan: ༀ་ཨ་ར་པ་ཙ་ན་དྷཱི༔, Wylie: om a ra pa tsa na d+hIH).[14] In Tibetan tradition, this mantra is believed to enhance wisdom and improve one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. “Dhīḥ” is the seed syllable of the mantra and is chanted with greater emphasis and also repeated a number of times as a decrescendo.

Bujinkan Keiko 2018
As far as the training goes, it is basically the same as previous years. A lot of Mūtō-dori against knife, sword and rokushakubō. Very often Sōke uses his fingers to “walk” across the hands, which finally captures a finger lock. He makes the attacker to forget he got a weapon in his hand and he just pick it out of the hand of the surprised Uke.

Even when it is Taijutsu, the concept of Mūtō-dori is the same principles used.

More about Monju.
More about Manjushri.

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Masaaki Hatsumi – Taikai 1992 Malmö, Sweden

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This was the fifth time Hatsumi Soke visited the land of the Vikings. Accompanying him was
– Noguchi Shihan and
– Navon Shihan.

Doron Navon also acted as the translator.

The main theme this three day Taikai was Kenjutsu and Taijutsu

Hatsumi Soke taught a lot of Sword techniques, basics and more advanced techniques. Cutting, kamae, distance, timing and much more. He also taught Naginata-jutsu. He also taught Nichi-geki technique from Shindenfudo-ryu in great detail. Kyusho (pressure points), the basic way of striking in Shindenfudo-ryu, kicking, throwing and much much more.

Kenjutsu: Hatsumi Soke taught a lot of Sword techniques, basics and more advanced techniques. Cutting, kamae, distance, timing and much more. He also taught Naginata-jutsu.

Taijutsu: Soke taught Nichi-geki technique from Shindenfudo-ryu in great detail. Kyusho (pressure points), the basic way of striking in Shindenfudo-ryu, kicking, throwing and much much more.

Muto-dori: He also taught muto-dori techniques from various weapons such as Tanto, Ken, Bo and Naginata.

Masaaki Hatsumi – Taikai 1988 Stockholm, Sweden

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This was the first time Hatsumi Soke visited the land of the Vikings. Accompanying him was
- Oguri Shihan,
- Nagato Shihan,
- Noguchi Shihan and
- Navon Shihan.

Doron Navon also acted as the translator.

The theme was Taijutsu and weapons.

Soke taught Bujinkan basics such Koku from Gyokko-ryu. Taihenjutsu, rolling, tehodoki getting out from a hand grab, onikudaki, ganseki nage. Muto-dori evasion from sword attacks. Hanbojutsu techniques with a stick. Sword, spear and much more was also covered.

Thanks to Sveneric Bogsäter who allowed us to reproduce this video to DVD, now you to can get a copy of this great historical video document from the first Swedish Taikai.

Masaaki Hatsumi – Taikai 1988 Stockholm, Sweden

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60 minutes, 543 Mb for $19.99
(H.264, 400p) – Also available on DVD

This was the first time Hatsumi Soke visited the land of the Vikings. Accompanying him was
– Oguri Shihan,
– Nagato Shihan,
– Noguchi Shihan and
– Navon Shihan.

Doron Navon also acted as the translator.

The theme was Taijutsu and weapons.

Soke taught Bujinkan basics such Koku from Gyokko-ryu. Taihenjutsu, rolling, tehodoki getting out from a hand grab, onikudaki, ganseki nage. Muto-dori evasion from sword attacks. Hanbojutsu techniques with a stick. Sword, spear and much more was also covered.

Thanks to Sveneric Bogsäter who allowed us to reproduce this video to DVD, now you to can get a copy of this great historical video document from the first Swedish Taikai.