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Hatsumi's successor?
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A friend in Tokyo sent me this article, can anyone confirm/deny the content regarding Soke? I find it difficult to believe he would announce to a reporter that he will not appoint a successor.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20135674

Posted on: 2012/11/26 12:36
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This would be communicated for sure on the
coming daicomyosai.

Posted on: 2012/11/26 17:07
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I saw that article too. Traditional Ninjutsu maybe dying (how many of us really know traditional Ninjutsu?!)but Bujinkan is totally a different story. I hope there will be a successor for the next generation in Bujinkan or there will be many branches and many different schools out of it. It may be bad or good, only time can show I believe.

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It might be good to keep in mind the difference between the Bujinkan and the Nine Ryuha. They are not the same thing.

The Bujinkan is a 40-yr old (modern) international martial arts organization. It isn't a traditional martial arts organization, and there is no tradition in the Bujinkan of transmission of lineage, because Hatsumi Sensei is the first Kancho of the Bujinkan. The Bujinkan has never once had its leadership passed on from one person to another.

The Ryuha are different. Those represent centuries-old Japanese tradition and culture, and there is no reason to think that the way a Ryuha works would not significantly differ from the way a modern organization works. Hatsumi Sensei is Soke, the xth Soke of each of the respective Nine Ryuha he is head of. This is not the same as being Kancho.

So I think the first question to ask is, in the interview, was Sensei referring to his role as Bujinkan Kancho or Ryuha Soke? The answers could be significant.

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Posted on: 2012/11/27 12:11
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I would not say significant, more like important. After all, who has a working crystal ball?

Posted on: 2012/11/30 4:16
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Great points Shawn.

Maybe they are just doing something actually ninjaish...and stepping out of the spotlight.

Having your every word and move documented probably
wasnt how it was traditionally done : )

Posted on: 2012/12/2 16:59
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