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Re: Theme for 2009
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Is the rumour valid or is it more supposition?

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Why in such a hurry? We have a whole month of this cool stuff left.

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From http://www001.upp.so-net.ne.jp/bujinkan/:
We asked Soke about the theme for 2009 at Hombu today. He answered "No theme." and added that we should practice Ken (sword) much more because we are not very good at it (in comparison with Taijutsu).

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Here is the whole artical on the web-site;
We asked Soke about the theme for 2009 at Hombu today. He answered "No theme." and added that we should practice Ken (sword) much more because we are not very good at it (in comparison with Taijutsu).

Here is a related comment by Mark Lithgow (the main interpreter at Soke's Sunday class).
Today, Soke talked about 3 things which are important for a martial artist. These 3 things may be thought of as a kind of 'Sanshin'. He said that these things were going to become a bit of a theme for next year.

They are:

1) Sainou (Ability/talent)
2) Kokoro (Heart)
3) Utsuwa (Capacity)
While the first 2 are quite clear, the third one deserves a little attention and clarification.

The main meaning of the word 'utsuwa', its first definition in the dictionary, is 'container/receptacle/vessel'. A secondary meaning, however, is concerning a person's capacity or potential. My dictionary has the examples of:

"Utsuwa no ookii." (a person of high caliber).
"Daitouryou ni naru utsuwa dewa nai." (He [doesn't have what it takes / isn't cut out] to be president. / He is not of presidential caliber [stature])
So utsuwa can mean 'caliber', to have 'potential', basically to have the 'right stuff'.

But if we look at the basic meaning again - 'container', we can take it in an interesting direction. Fish, plants etc. will only grow to the size of the container which they are in. Their growth is limited by the size of their container. Humans too have a 'limit' to their potential. If their utsuwa is small, they can never grow bigger than its limits. Having a large utsuwa/capacity is maybe what Soke is trying to say.

So, ability, heart and a capacity for growth is important for a martial artist. That is how I interpret what he was talking about today.

Mark Lithgow

Posted on: 2008/12/8 1:32
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The theme is the same each year.

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Another aspect of the "container" side of "utsuwa" is that a container is a receptacle - it is that which receives something. So this can refer to the aspect of "teachability."

Be teachable. If your cup is full of things that you already know (or think you know), there is no room to receive any more. Perhaps this is why Sensei is always, always telling is to "forget what you have learned up until now." I think he says this to encourage people to empty their "utsuwa" so that they are then able to receive more. You have to empty yourself first to be able to receive.


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( This can go for outside of the dojo as well. After training one night recently, a few of us were sitting around chatting, both residents and visitors. One of the visitors was monopolizing the conversation with stories of his training, Bujinkan politics in his home country, and so on. I remember thinking, "You have 25 combined years of living and training in Japan in the form of 4 people sitting right in front of you. Don't you have any questions?" )

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cvbujinkan wrote:
Here is the whole artical on the web-site;
We asked Soke about the theme for 2009 at Hombu today. He answered "No theme." and added that we should practice Ken (sword) much more because we are not very good at it (in comparison with Taijutsu).



That means that we suck at taijutsu.


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Not suck, just make better than what you are now.

Posted on: 2008/12/8 17:55
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Gordon Steinberg wrote:
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cvbujinkan wrote:
Here is the whole artical on the web-site;
We asked Soke about the theme for 2009 at Hombu today. He answered "No theme." and added that we should practice Ken (sword) much more because we are not very good at it (in comparison with Taijutsu).



That means that we suck at taijutsu.


Gordon "Gordy" Steinberg


I may agree with Gordon. IMHO, if one is bad at KEN then it means one's Taijutsu is poor as well. The two are too closely linked for it to be otherwise. I just got back from Japan and saw a lot of poor kenjutsu, not that I could do better.

Also with the way the quote: "(in comparison with Taijutsu)" is in parenthesis the quote does not indicate that Hatsumi sensei softened up the part thats states "we are not very good at it," but it may be the interpretation of Ohashisan or Mr Lithgow.

We should all be careful of translations and internet speculation: I think the theme-non-theme hints at much larger things to come. 2009 is going to be an interesting year. ;)

"Go deeper and aim higher in everything you do." -KZ

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(This is not exactly what he said. It's just my summary. ^o^; )

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