Japan Day, held September 3rd at the Boise Basque Center, is coming up fast. This is a great event for the whole family with various booths outside and performances inside the Basque Center. Our dojo will be doing a demonstration of Koryu Budo, old style martial arts, at 3:10 pm. Come see our students performing several Kata from actual ninja and samurai traditions, as well as demonstrations in full samurai armor. For more information, visit the Idaho Japanese Association's web page. idahojapaneseassociation.org/events/japan-day/
Performances Time Table
*Schedule subject to change
11:10-11:25 Sangha Taiko
11:45-12:00 Shishimai (Lion Dance)
12:20-12:30 Nihon Buyou (1)
12:30-12:50 -Take a Break-
1:05 - 1:55 Shakuhachi
Koto & Shakuhachi
2:00-2:05 Nihon Buyou (2)
2:05-2:15 -Take a Break-
2:15-2:35 Kawa Taiko
3:10-3:20 LIVING-WARRIOR DOJO
3:25-3:30 Nihon Buyou (3)
Here is a great article about Hatsumi and the Bujinkan, "Hatsumi Masaaki, the World’s Most Famous Ninja, and His Essence of Martial Arts." Some of the things from his history, like teaching Judo at the US military base after WWII, are particularly interesting.
Wow, just found this today. This is a documentary on our Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. It was originally filmed by and aired on NHK, Japan's version of the BBC or PBS. It is available free to watch right now on Amazon Prime Video. What are you waiting for, go watch it!!
At the end of last month, Masaaki Hatsumi Soke was presented with an award from the imperial house Higashikuni. This house is special in that it is not controlled by the imperial family (from which he has also received and imperial award) and is separate from government control. This award was first given in 1963 and the winners of the award are chosen by elite scholars in Japan. Picture shared by the Bujinkan Sojobo Dojo: https://www.facebook.com/ninjutsubl/posts/1795145587207710?hc_location=ufi
Ranking in the Bujinkan can be an interesting thing, especially if you are unfamiliar with how the Japanese look at ranking. I am sharing two links below to great articles to read more about this concept. I would like to add one thing, though that might help understand this concept. Soke and the Japanese Shihan often issue rank much like the story in the Bible regarding the master and the talents. To paraphrase, a master gives each of three servants different amounts of money to see how they will use the money. Two of the servants invest the money wisely and increase the amount they return to the master and he rewards them. One servant did nothing with it, he hid it so only he had it. The master was upset with him for this, he took no risk to try and make what he had better. We might be given a rank in order to see what we do with it. Do we keep training and learning, ultimately sharing it with others. Or do we now think we know everything and thus don't need to keep training, and instead want to teach others, proudly posting their rank certificate, but afraid to show their lack of skill, or afraid to admit there is still more to learn. Remember, there is always more to learn, keep training!
Shane Sensei is a licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan and member of the Shidoshi-Kai. He has trained in the Bujinkan since 1998 and regularly travels to Japan for training.