Monday, October 8, 2012

Bujinkan Ninjustu training in Dubai

Yes it has been a while since I posted but life has made a whirlwind change over the last few months. Ive always believed life is henka  (変化 - beginning of change/end of change) .. and change is the most inevitable contsant. You can see constant updates HERE

Over the last 4 months, I got a job offer in Dubai, I relocated, started a brand new show on UAE Radio, (Josh 97.8) found a house and furnished it, got my driving liscence, and even started training in Aikido (more on that in another post). Govt documents & relocation has kept me busy and Ive hardly found time to train and lets not even get into blogging!! haha

During training, we have a saying - “Banpen Fûgyô” (10000 changes no surprises) and so to stay true to this motto, I've managed to welcome this change with open arms!
Here's good news - Bujinkan Ninjustu training has resumed as usual. I now train on the mats 3 days a week.
Our classes on Monday and Wednesday (7:30pm to 9pm) are at KO Gym at the DUBAI MARINA and its open to beginners & seniors alike.
We train in weapons, open hand techniques, locks, throws, grapples, ukemi + breakfall and all techniques from the 9 ryuha (schools) of our system!
In case you are in Dubai the Gym is located adjacent to Almaya supermarket in Dubai Marina, the one facing Sheikh Zayed Road
The address is - Dreams Tower 1, Beside Al Maya Supermarket ; Dubai Marina

Here is a photo of my training partners and the Dubai Instructors - Juan Pablo Napoli & Hassan Osman

In case you are visiting and want to traing with us drop me a message or a mail - we would love to see you on the mat!

Let the training continue! :)
Ganbatte kudasai!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Samurai Creed

Ive come to realize that our art of Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) is very closely linked to the the lineage of the Fighting techniques of the Samurai. Japanese history also lets us know that the Samurai was the main warrior class of feudal japan. Here is an interesting excerpt from a scroll by an Unknown Japanese Warrior. The credo of this creed speaks to me and so I share it with you! :)

The Samurai Creed

I have no parents; I make the heaven and earth my mother and father.
I have no home; I make awareness my dwelling.
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.
I have no means; I make understanding my means.
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.
I have no body; I make endurance my body.
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.
I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy
I have no designs; I make “seizing opportunity by the forelock” my design.
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.
I have no principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no armor; I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle; I make immovable mind my castle.
I have no sword; I make absence of self my sword

- anonymous warrior from the 14th century