Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Dojo, Victoria BC Canada

kukan is where struggle is not


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Winter 2017 Training

Taosphere Hakkei Dojo (also known as the Hakkei Dojo or THD) offers training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (koryu budo) and ARC Defensives (defense of person). ARC Defensives is the Hakkei Dojo’s unique approach to defense of person (i.e., defense of …

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March 4, 2015

Black silhouettes on frost-bitten grass. This week concluded our examination of the Kihon Happo from the Ten Ryaku no Maki (Principles of Heaven). Monday’s class included an in-depth study of Muso Dori and Musha Dori, including ryote (two hands), katate …

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Ignorance and Knowledge

Admitting ignorance is actually the second action toward knowledge. The first action toward knowledge is whatever revealed the ignorance. The third action is pivotal, as knowledge of ignorance is not substantial enough to merit resting the quest.

Adjusting the Volume

How threatening you find a situation to be is not entirely dependent upon the assailant. No matter how aggressive an assailant becomes, your interpretation of that situation is what determines how threatened you feel. Are you ill? Injured? Tired? Do …

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Technique vs. Techniques

You need to have technique, not use techniques. For any sub-set of martial theory there is a group of techniques that can be used to elucidate that theory; the techniques, however, are not the theory, nor are they representative of …

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What do you have?

You cannot give what you do not have. You cannot control a situation if you cannot control yourself. You cannot calm a situation if you cannot calm yourself. You cannot stop someone’s aggression if you are full of aggression. Force …

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The intersection of gender and training is both complex and simple: Simple: taijutsu is about bodies, not genders. The principles of physics are for, and apply to, everyone – to every person, to every body, with no exceptions. Complex: gender …

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How to physically defeat a bigger and/or stronger opponent: physics. If it turns into a fight, you’re doing it wrong. The teachers I first began my budo studies under did not teach me about how to defeat bigger and stronger …

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The Way In

The things most commonly overlooked in training and the fundamental concepts of training are connected. For example: when working with training partners we must gauge their level of comfort with the movements. This includes their skill and ukemi level, their …

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