This year’s DKMS has come and gone and I have taken some time to reflect on Sokes’ words and lessons during this enjoyable time of the year. I would like to do my best to recall and share the keys points of the training in combination with some recent conversations with Soke.
I must say that the overall feeling this year was light and warm despite the cold, as Soke shared many things with the participants that are not often made public. Soke shared is collection of Budo History and artifacts that has the potential to even make the most renowned martial scholar jealous. According to Soke, the point of this sharing event was to show what a maki mono 負物・負者 is and to demonstrate that even if you can read them, the secrets are unclear or nonexistent without a lifetime of practice. The wisdom does exist from another time, but the Budo path is not a sure road to victory. One lesson is that one must learn the balance of Kachi 勝and Make負. These are the elements that make up the term Shobu, but as in the cliché-to win can be to lose and vice versa. The martial path is not a true path of victory, and remains the lonely path of that of the melancholic warrior.
It is clear to me that there is no ultimate martial art and there is no special technique or secret. It is the mindset that is the treasure of the Bujinkan, and this combined with proper and free taijutsu that is the winning combination. Our tradition is our value, and not the tradition that is written on scroll, but the rich experiences of our Soke and the fact that he does not teach, but simply inspires in us to seek our own truth. This is true humanity, I feel. As humans, we are weaker than our animal brother and sisters and we must strive to maintain our connection with nature to keep our training without flaw.
Those that focus or compare based on strength or power are incarcerated by their limited mindset. The teachings of Hatsumi Soke free the mind to view the kukan in a prismatic way, through the eyes of the dragonfly, the kachimushi 勝ち無視.