In this video, I discuss the importance of Soke (Grandmaster) and its relation towards training in traditional ninjutsu and bujutsu in the modern era. The transmission of these old arts (Koden) is truly the responsibility of the Soke and has to be done very carefully and in a specific way to ensure its correct passing to the next generation.
This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
Calligraphy above is a quote from Momochi Sandayu on the essence of true ninjutsu.
(*note* this information comes from Masaaki Hatsumi; 34th Soke of the Togakure-ryu)
“Ninjutsu is not something which should be used for personal desires. It is something which should be used when no other choice is available, for the sake of one’s country, for the sake of one’s lord, or to escape personal danger. If one deliberately uses it for the sake of personal desires, the techniques will indeed fail totally.” – Momochi Sandayu
Momochi Sandayu is said to be one of the three greatest Iga ninja of all time and at one time was Soke (grandmaster / headmaster) of the Momochi-ryu, Gyokko-ryu & Koto-ryu.
I hope that you all enjoyed the lesson!
Take care, be safe & good luck in your Journey of Budo:
Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson
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Michi Hidou (道秘道) The Way and the Secret Way
In the picture above Soke Anshu is with a student at the Annual Shinobi-no-mono Stealth Camp (2012) demonstrating various outfits and disguises of the shinobi. Utilizing many different outfits as a means of camouflage as well as disguises, the ninja can move undetected within the crowd or in the shadows.
Above you see Soke dressed as Ronin (浪人; person of the waves) which falls within the philosophy of Tsune-no-kata (常之型; normal look). For demonstrational purposes at the event, the student placed on a Shinobi Shozoku (忍び装束) called the Fuyu Shozoku (冬装束; ninja winter garb) which is a classical outfit of the ninja to move undetected (陰忍術; Innin-jutsu) in the winter months of snow and ice. All concepts of disguise and camouflage are covered when the students of the Budo Ryu understand Kage-no-kame (影之構).
“If in his mind the warrior does not forget on thing,
Death, he will never find himself cut short.
The lesson the warrior learns in every case
Is ultimately, finally the one thing: death.
If the warrior proceeds by casting aside two things,
Life and death, nothing at all can best his mind.”
Tsukahara Bokuden; 1489-1571
Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way www.BudoRyuNinjutsu.com
Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Tenjin-ryu Jujutsu Buke Waza (天神流柔術 武家技) at the Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo (武道流本部道場)
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But in doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking, this understanding extends to everything.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo; 1659-1719
If you are going to create art, their will be times that you spill the ink. If you are going to model, there are times that people do not look at the art. If you are going to farm the land, there are times that your crops don’t grow. If you are going to train in samurai bujutsu and authentic ninjutsu; there are times that you are going to be hurt.
If you are trying to find your way, there are times, as you are walking it will rain and you will be wet. You cannot learn without making mistakes, accept it, you are training in warrior arts, keep walking forward and the rain will stop sooner or later, and at that time, you will find your way.
I hope that you understand today’s lesson and can see my interpretation of this wonderful classic text on samurai bujutsu.
Thank you all for your support!
Take care, be safe and good luck in your journey of Budo.
Photo taken: 11.2011
Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo
MAXIMS OF SUN ZI
(1) Know both yourself and your adversary and you will not know defeat.
(2) Knowing yourself and not your adversary reduces your chance to 50%.
(3) Knowing neither yourself nor your enemy means certain defeat.
(4) Be serious & flexible, employing elusiveness to not become a victim of habit.
(5) To win without fighting is the highest achievement of a warrior.
Never forget these wisdom’s and live your life accordance to “the way”.
I hope that you enjoyed today lesson. Thank you all for your support.
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.
Inspiration is what people remember, not defamation. No one wants to go to the grave forgotten and the only way to be remembered is to inspire the ones around you.
Even if it is someone that you only met for a brief moment in your life, you can share with them the greatest moment in their life, just by a simple thank you, or a smile. To some, this changes their perception of the day.
There is this Japanese term called “Shibumi” (下味) which means effortless perfection. Kobayashi Sensei always told me that there is not such thing as perfection, and the better you get, the further your idea or perception of perfection is. he always used the term “Shibumi-do” or the “way of effortless perfection.”
He said the he uses this term because no one can achieve perfection (Shibumi) they can only dedicate themselves towards the idea of it (thus the usage of the kanji “Do). But this in itself is a stagnant thought because this is not a moment of time, this is a philosophy that you have to dedicate to within your journey of life; so he always told me good luck in that journey (Shibumi-do).
Everyone wants to tell you what you can and cant do, but no one other than yourself knows what you are capable of. Dedicate yourself to the things that make you complete. Inspire the ones around you, to become better and if you know what you are worth, than go get it. No one is going to give it to you.
I hope that you understand my rambling thoughts this morning, it made sense to me as I wrote it.
Thank you all for your support.
Take care, be safe and good luck in your journey of Budo.
This Kuden Training Event was taken at the Hombu Dojo of the Budo Ryu -School of the Japanese Warriors Way! Anshu Christa Jacobson looked at the Kodachi (小太刀) or short sword fighting skills from the Tomo-ryu (戸猛流) as well as the Shinobigatana from the Togakure-ryu (戸隠流). Towards the end of the training session we looked at various methods of Iaijutsu (居合術). Watch Anshu teach Various strategies, concepts and applications of short sword techniques! aprox 45 min.
Chapter 1 – Play All
Chapter 2 – Intro
Chapter 3 – Kumite Concepts (Kuden Lesson; Distance)
Chapter 4 – Kodachi Intro
Chapter 5 – Togakure-ryu Totoku Hiyoshi
Chapter 6 – Togakure-ryu Hiryu no Ken
Chapter 7 – Togakure-ryu Kasumi no Ken
Chapter 8 – Togakure-ryu Muso no Ken
Chapter 9 – Togakure-ryu Dai Kai no Ken
Chapter 10 – Tomo-ryu Kodachi (Jissen Gata; Ichi, Ni, San)
Chapter 11 – Soke Anshu Keiko
Chapter 12 – Try Softer (Kuden Lesson)
Chapter 13 – Photo Album