Third instructor confirmed, preparations underway

From Sweden Taikai 2012 by alexander

We are very happy to confirm that Rob Renner will be back for Tai Kai 2012 in October!

We are in the final preparation stages for the training venue, as well as preliminary booking of hotels and hostels. At the moment we are looking at some 10 multi-bed rooms at a hostel, and about 30 double- triple and quadruple bed rooms at a hotel. As soon as these preparations are finalized we’ll be back with more information.

Last Tai Kai newsletter and reminder.

From Sweden Taikai 2012 by Sweden Taikai 2012

The last Kaigousru Taikai 2007. We will use the same dojo with tatami mats

Hello, here is the last newsletter for the Swedish Taikai. If you feel I forgot something, please respond immediately so I can get that out in time!

Right now we have 143 people from 15 countries signed up. We have room for many more, so please try to make it. Don’t worry about signing up, you can do that when you come! If you don’t come we will miss you!

Payment: From now on please pay cash when you come to the Tai Kai. Note we only accept Swedish currency, and cash (no credit card!).

Friday extra training: The training is at Bujinkan Bushin Dojo (Svea Kampsportcenter) on Sveavägen 130 in Stockholm. We will start around 15:00 and finish around 20:00. This training is free for everyone attending the Taikai. If you come late, please don’t disturb the class, wait for the first short break or until the instructor invite you to the mat.

Saturday Tai Kai: We will open up the registration soon after 09:00 when we are ready. Meantime you can change downstairs. Please do not come the last minute if you can avoid it, we want to start on time.

Sleeping in the dojo is free for all participants. If you come on Thursday already, come to either To Nan Dojo or Kaigozan Dojo after 18:00 when it is open for training until 21:00. If you come later, someone probably already got the key and can let you in (use the door bell!). If you can’t get in, then please call (phone numbers is not posted on the web). If you come on Friday or Saturday, please come to the training and get advice from there. The central station have lockers you can use meanwhile. Also please clean up after yourself in the dojo, including dishes, taking care of the trash etc. This is why it is free sleeping in the dojo.

Saturday dinner and party.Unfortunately we was not allowed to use the training place for even dinner (like we did a few years back), our dojo is too small for serving food to 100-150 people. So it would be best if you all took care of eating on your own in smaller groups, and then join everyone else at the Kaigozan Dojo Pub Evening from 19:00 until 24:00. We will make a list of restaurants in the area.

When you are outside any of our dojo’s please do not disturb our neighbors with loud noises, when you see someone from our group do that please tell them to calm down.We have a good reputation among our neighbors and like to keep it that way.

Training schedule. As you see it is very short lunch break on Sunday, so bring something with you to eat.

If it is your first time in Stockholm, please see the official tourist information page here! You can find everything from transportations, hotels, things to do and much more. 

Please study and print out the map!


This Tai Kai is sponsored and possible only by the Svenska Bujinkanförbundet. Without them we could not keep this very low seminar price and such excellent instructors. 

Head organizer for this years Tai Kai is Mats Hjelm from the Kaigozan Dojo, with the help from Kaigozan Dojo members and other Bujinkan members.

If I forgot to bring something up here, please don’t hesitate to post a comment here (or e-mail me)!


Happy Training!


Rob Renner, Shihan (Japan)

From Sweden Taikai 2011 by Sweden Taikai 2011

Rob Renner

As anyone who has trained with Rob before will know, Robs ability to break down techniques into easy to grasp exercises, so that you can understand what Soke and the Shihan are doing, is the backbone of his teachings and vital to anyone looking to progress in this art.

Rob Renner Rob is resident of Japan where he has lived for over five years. Rob is in a unique position to share insights from Budo Taijutsu. He works full-time as a movement coach, training people in the Zeropoint Training System , which includes injury-prevention exercise for adults, rapid body reconfiguration, and a number of movement and exercise courses for people of all ages and skill levels, not the least of which is working with leading Japanese schools to implement cutting-edge children’s educational, exercise programs.

Because of his focus on developing correct movement in a testable, scalable structure, Rob feels it is important to continue learning as much as possible from the best practitioners. Which is why you will see him as a student 5 and 6 days a week at Soke Hatsumi and the Shitenno’s classes, in addition to running his own training 5 days a week at Mabashi Jinja, as well as the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo?

Rob is well known for his ability to explain and simplify the more subtle aspects of Budo
Taijutsu as well as sharing drills and training ideas that make reproducing these aspects attainable at a much faster pace. Because he clearly shows the structure of training, from the very foundational movements to the seeming magic of Soke Hatsumi, and how they are connected, people always leave Rob’s classes with a feeling of exhilaration at finally grasping some pieces of the puzzle, and knowing they now have a much clearer direction for their own training!

Quoted here below (so you can see what to expect from the Tai Kai) is from a seminar with Rob earlier this year…

Developing the “Counter Intuition” of Kihon Happo

Rob Renner and Patrik Johansson in Czech Republic 2010As Hatsumi Sensei often says: “You cannot truly understand a technique until you understand its counter!” With this in mind, I will be showing the progression from co-operation to resistance, looking at how uke and tori would “counter” each move, then show how to use that counter to your benefit, allowing you todevelop your own “intuition” of the proper movement needed for any given moment. (This methodology can be used for any technique, but we will be focusing on Kihon Happo in conjunction with Soke’s chosen theme for this year.)

Rob will introduce the “shiho dori” (4 ways of taking) concept for developing a full range of options to internalize the principles of kihon happo.

The seminar will focus on the bio-mechanics of budo taijutsu, showing the developmental progression from beginner to advanced, utilizing lots of fun scenarios and drills for all to remember!

Rob Renner and Paul Masse seminar 2009