My Budō Training

I'm Josie!! I train in Bujinkan Budō & Ninpō.6 Feb 24: New photos


Photos from My Training


"The Kihon Happo is not limited to the Kihon Happo of Gyokko-ryu Kosshi jutsu, but exists dormantly within all nine schools that I inherited from Takamatsu Sensei. By learning this Kihon Happo, following the technique of Juppo-sessho as a tool of self-defense, you also learn the use of the knife and pistol and awaken to the sanshin no kata in three directions using blinding, shuriken, and stones, as well as stick fighting. This is in order to develop the basic feeling of actual fighting. At the same time, in the process of this training, the development of the ability to judge natural justice is key." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"The uke is going to respond in one of three ways: Fight, Flight, or Freeze! It is your responsibility for the technique to work regardless of which reaction they give you." -- Robert Renner--"Don't skip to the end. If you don't do steps 1 and 2, step 3 isn't going to work. So don't skip to 3!!" -- Dr. Dante Dionne--"Learning a technique is not an end in itself, it merely indicates where you need to start." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"If you do something and it saves your life, it was good taijutsu. In a real fight, you aren't worried about what's pretty." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"The first priority to the ninja is to win without fighting." -- Masaaki Hatsumi---“When weak or injured always continue training as you should always be able to adapt in any condition.” -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"In budo, too, there are three important essentials:
first, seeing and knowing oneself, one's own strengths and limitations; second, the sword of discrimination, of decisiveness, for eliminating faults, weaknesses, and the unnecessary;
and last, the sincerity, feeling, devotion, insight, and understanding of the heart." -- Masaaki Hatsumi
--"It takes time and a willingness to throw away cherished but unnecessary parts of yourself, but eventually it will come, and fear will leave you like a fever after a prolonged illness." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"There are three kinds of Budoka: ones that try to look strong, ones that try to perfect their technique and ones that try to gain a good heart." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"Everything is basics." -- Masaaki Hatsumi--"Yes, a good strong kamae is difficult to perfect, but what is even more difficult is the movement between them. And to take it a step further, what's between the kamae is also kamae. When you're doing this art properly you're never really out of kamae." -- Pete Reynolds--Actually it is not about being strong or weak, or winning or losing. It’s about staying alive; it’s about survival. That is what the teachings of the Bujinkan are about – survival. One could say that the instinct for survival has become weak in people today. You must call out that instinct in yourself.” -- Toshiro Nagato--There are countless ways to punch, but as uke, you should punch straight and true for the benefit of your tori—none of those tracking, missile-like punches that float all over the place. That type of punching does not benefit anyone. Just punch straight, and if your tori does not move at the right time and at the right distance, he will get hit. And you, as an uke, should not be afraid to be hit. There is no shame in being hit. Even I, as I show techniques, am occasionally hit. This is a part of the learning process. In a real fight, you will be hit and you must not be shocked by contact. Being hit lets you know that you did something wrong and need to work on it until you get it right. Simply practice properly.” -- Toshiro Nagato


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