The final precept of the ‘Precepts of Perseverance in Ninpo,’ a set of guiding principles conceived by the 32nd Grandmaster, Toda Shinryuken, reads as follows : “Never stray from the path of the spirit, nor that of the martial arts; be ambitious in the ways of both pen and sword.”
Bujinkan.org is an effort to persevere in the ways of the pen. Just like Taijutsu, it is a deeply personal experience. And also like Taijutsu, it follows the essence of ‘give and return.’
Soke Masaaki Hatsumi says this—of those who desire to learn Budo : “If you want to forge your spirit, then just believe in religion. Budo means learning the best techniques with which to kill people. If you want to make your body stronger, then go for walks, lift weights, and eat plenty of vegetables. What good would be accomplished by becoming strong in Budo? In true Budo, you can’t win any trophies or make your riches.”
Those who hold onto this determination and continue their training in martial arts are fools. And a person who cannot become a fool will fail in everything.
Kihon is very important in Budo. People who pursue Budo without Kihon are akin to decorative flowers. Kihon is the seed. A seed grows into a tree but a flower blooms—it’s why I started this blog now.
Lastly, a Ninja dons the garb of the Ninniku Yoroi, or the armour of forbearance. If you feel compelled to drop in a few lines laced with some heavy profanity, then please use the form in the contact page to do so.
PS This isn’t an official blog and has no formal ties with the Bujinkan organization. Neither do those with the .net, .co, country code extensions, etc., nor those social media accounts that publish Soke’s quotes, under the Bujinkan banner. Neither Soke nor the other Japanese Dai Shihan have official social media accounts/blogs.