„Curiosity killed the cat!“ This English proverb should be familiar to many. Cats are curious and this curiosity may kill them. The proverb warns people of unnecessary investigations or experiments, which could probably often bring misfortune. But old proverbs have a habit of possessing much different meanings nowadays than originally intended. And this is exactly … Mehr „Care killed the cat“
Especially the area of certificates, documents and lines of transmission as well as teaching licenses is often characterized by great ignorance. Or, even worse, is simply ignored… or just flat-out lied about. But these things are absolutely crucial as far as classical Japanese arts are concerned and simply cannot be neglected or argued away. It … Mehr Certificates, documents, lines of transmission – „too much“ or necessary?
Japanese martial arts have become almost synonymous with Japan for many decades in the West. Most people think they have a grasp on this aspect of Japanese culture and yet, for the bigger part, have no idea about it. Of course, this mainly concerns contemporary arts/sports such as Aikidō, Jūdō, Karatedō, Kendō or Iaidō. But … Mehr The „jungle“ of Japanese martial arts and arts of warfare
In the past five decades there have been numerous attempts to explain what koryū-bujutsu actually is or should be. But why was the simplest and most obvious one missing from all these descriptions so consistently? Koryū-bujutsu can be many things, indeed. It can be a reversion to history. It can be the preservation of cultural … Mehr The simple truth
Students and teachers alike are faced with very particular challenges in the study of Koryū-bujutsu. For the casual observer these challenges are usually not as obvious as they may seem. One key question is always: Ultimately, what is really the hardest thing of all to be a member of a classical japanese ryūha of warfare? … Mehr The hardest thing of all?
The second edition of the Ōtsuka Gekikenkai took place from November 30th – December 01st, 2019 in the Chiba-Dōjō which is the Hombu of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō. I would like to note especially the quite strong turnout of kenshi from other ryūha! Twenty kenshi with experience in Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō, Mugai-ryū, Tenshin Shōden Katori … Mehr The second Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō
Recently, due to various incidents, I observe a recurring phenomenon in the world of Koryū-Bujutsu: Obsession with harmony. The quintessence of the classical japanese schools of warfare is basically contest and rivalry. This does not mean a simple sporting comparison, but an active and practical confrontation of ryūha and their teachers and students with other … Mehr Harmony: The new obsession
The exhibition of extraordinary Samurai armour at Kunsthalle Munich runs very well and is a huge success. Around the exhibition there are many different events taking place to attract visitors and aficionados alike. One such event was held on May 7, 2019. It was a lecture about the topic of fighting methods in full Yoroi … Mehr Fighting methods in full Yoroi – A lecture
The exquisite exhibition of a world-renowned collection of remarkable Samurai armour hand in hand with one of the most famous japanese schools of swordsmanship, the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō. That’s a plan to work out! From February 1 – June 30, 2019 there will be held a marvellous exihibition at the famous Kunsthalle Munich: SAMURAI / THE SPLENDOUR … Mehr Samurai exhibition at Kunsthalle Munich and the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō
The interested readers of this blog may possibly already know that on October 13th + 14th, 2018 a quite historic event took place in the Honbu-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō: The Ōtsuka Gekikenkai Gekikenkai have been a common activity well into the Taishō period (1912 – 1926). In a Gekikenkai, representatives of various Ryūha … Mehr The first Ōtsuka Gekikenkai at the Chiba-Dōjō of the Hokushin Ittō-Ryū Hyōhō