But, the end of one cycle means the birth of a new cycle. No one is sure what will happen in 2014, we will just have to wait and see. It will likely take some time to understand what the new cycle will bring and how to adapt it to our training. Because of this, I feel it pertinent to look at the past and analyze where the art was then and how it progressed to where we are now. This way we can be prepared for the next cycle of training.
We are going to slowly examine the themes that Hatsumi has laid out for each year, starting at the ninjutsu/TenChiJin era and move forward, year by year, looking at what was being studied and why. This should lead to us having and deeper understanding of the Bujinkan, where we should be on the path, and hopefully prepare us for the next part of our journey. This will be done as a natural part of the training each week. See you on the mat!
Here is a quick and dirty break down of how the themes have been grouped together over the years, in case you're interested:
TenChiJin/Ninjutsu ( -1992)
Distancing and angling using specific weapons
§ – 6 feet staff (1993),
§ – spear (1994),
§ – halberd (1995),
§ – sword (1996),
§ – 4 foot staff (1997)
Five pillars of body movement through studying five Bujinkan schools
Juppo Sessho (negotiating ten directions)
§ sword (2004),
§ - sword and (2007).
§ – destroy the thinking process (2008),
§ or – talent, spirit/heart, container/capacity (2009)
§ – happiness is the essence of life, Tachi Sword (2010).
§ Kihon Happô - 8 fundamental techniques become infinite
§ Jin Ryo Yo Go - Kaname (vital point)
§ Tsuguri Ken - The Divine Sword, pure taijutsu
So, what will next year hold? As we train through the themes, we will be better prepared for whatever it may be.
Living-Warrior Dojo: Your dojo (school) for traditional Japanese martial arts in Meridian, Idaho, near Boise.