The scroll for 2011 has been hung on the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo wall and the first day of training has passed.

Most are aware that this year’s theme is “Kihon Happo”.  As the characters are ever changing and open to interpretation, so are the basics of what we call Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

The fact is that according to the actual period of time, the forms and foundations are different and ever changing/evolving.  Soke was quick to demonstrate how Ichi-no-Kamae is applied in a modern day conflict and how this basic foundation must be quickly broken and rebuilt as common as the Ise Shrine.

This is the year of the Rabbit and we are sure to see the bounding leaps in the Dojo and outside world as we jump around to find our place in the new world of foundations.

Reflecting on this concept of Kihon Happo, I see that this is a chance to follow the well known cliché of “back to basics”.  Although cliché, it is a clear and honest opportunity to take stock of your own foundations and see through the complication and confusion of the present world we face.  Rediscovering what we stand for and what makes us tick, tock, tick, tock…time is ever moving.

Coming back to shizen tai, we have the chance, if you take it, to look at what is ethical and what is the basic foundation of what defines you as a Budoka and as a person.

As the characters say, the seasons are ever changing our foundation, miraculously and so on….

One must resist the physical movement of the rabbit in drawing the bow of conclusion to what this year’s theme might actually mean.

As in the inner meaning of “happo” the possibilities are multi-dimensional and unpredictable regardless of who might strive to predict what.

The Bufu is ever so strong, bending the possibilities, as the image of the new Hombu is not that of the Rabbit but actually that of the Fish.

Bufu Ikkan