Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Dojo, Victoria BC Canada

Measuring Character

Taijutsu says much about character. Students compete with each other, the self, notions of ideals. The choice of particular movement, of the design being created, ‘communicates’, even during attempts to refrain from a design. In this way it is not …

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On Money

A lot of talk goes around about how money is necessary to training – the common grumbling says that students must pay for training so that their teachers can have the money to continue training, and that this cycle of …

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Keep Calm and Use Logic

‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ Influencing the ways in which people think influences the ways people wield and interpret the sword. When language and ideas are used to exert power, the result is thinking. Thinking leads to rooted …

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What We Make of the World

It can be daunting to both find one’s way and hold a lantern for others; whether we mean to or not, each of us set an example for one another. The world is what we make of it and this …

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Aggression & Compassion

Most aggression can be avoided; what cannot be avoided can be deterred, what cannot be deterred can still be met with compassion – while keeping everyone safe.

On Yugen

As a gardening term, Yugen is an aesthetic. Yugen refers to the subtleties of nature, to what is hinted at rather than what is obviously revealed. Yugen involves obfuscation, shadow, partial reflections and the silhouette of ideas. Yugen involves vagary, …

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