The “No” theme of this year is developing into a truly binding concept.  Soke has made reference on several occasions to the study of the various ryuha with no attachment to form incorporating the idea of the rope/string/thread.

The concept of the rope as been described as well as demonstrated with actually using a rope in the taijutsu as well as the use of weapons in a flexible capacity.  This is true to even the sword, where Soke is focused on using it again as a flexible weapon.

It is critical to understand the connection in things, as previously discussed in a previous post.  Making and maintaining the connection, allowing the opponent to become bound in his or her own attack or intention through subtle powerless control.  The training focus is on taijutsu control in such a way to not break this connection, or in a sense allow the string to break.  Soke has made reference to fishing and how one must land a trophy tuna with the same pound test as one would normally use for a much smaller fish.  This is a good example of adjusting to the environment and the proper distance and space to control the situation.

This year we will see yet another release in the Kodansha series, called “Budo No Gokui” or the secrets of Budo.  This will be a combination of the thinking and philosophy which exists to bind the study and understanding of Hatsumi Soke’s Budo.  This work will be even more subtle depicting the philosophy of the Bujinkan and how this is woven into our training of taijutsu and happo bikken.

At both ends of a rope you may find polar opposites, however the flexibility of the rope allows for the joining of the two ends creating “en” or ring. (Also interpreted as continuation)  Understanding this concept and how it translates to taijutsu is the focus of this years’ “No” theme.  Any one position of the rope is a possibility and the freedom of the mind to accept this is also a critical concept of our study.  As in the idea of kyusho, they are connected in the body via the sting of the nerves in the nerve system. 

The foundation of Budo is peace and harmony and this is what we should strive to seek. Violent budo or sport is something that we would surely distance ourselves from.

If you whip a rope with enough force, there is a very high chance of inflicting injury upon yourself.  

Therefore, distance yourself from violence allowing an opponent to bind in the attack upon. You need not be a part of it.

Bufu Ikkan