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17-mai-2017

15º TBIK - KENJUTSU 1



Kenjutsu 1st Kyu and Above - Massao vs Holschuh

15-mai-2017

15°TBIK - CERIMONIAL










































09-mai-2017

15th TBIK (Brazilian Individual Kobudo Tournment) - Results




KENJUTSU CHILDREN BEGINNERS
1st KAZUO TSUZUKI (Vila Mariana)
2nd LUIZA YORIYASU (Vila Mariana)


KENJUTSU CHILDREN
1st CHEN EDUARDO (Ana Rosa)
2nd PONTES EDUARDO (Vila Mariana)
3rd NATALIA CHEN (Ana Rosa)
Medal of Honor: PIETRO (Vila Mariana)


KENJUTSU JUNIOR FROM 0 TO 6th KYU
1st CINDY KAWANO (Ana Rosa)
2nd ISADORA (Santos)
3rd UMEDA KUHN (Brasília)
3rd ROMEU (Tucuruvi)


KENJUTSU JUNIOR 5th KYU AND ABOVE
1st HIROMITSU (Vila Mariana)
2nd YOSHIMITSU (Vila Mariana)
3rd TAKEMITSU (Vila Mariana)
3rd DÉBORA KUHN (Brasilia)
Medal of Honor: ICHIRO TAKEUCHI (Vila Mariana)


KENJUTSU BEGINNERS
1st MIKI TSUZUKI (Vila Mariana)
2nd HONORATO (Sorocaba)
3rd VELLARDI (Santos)
3rd IKUTA (Itaim)
Medal of Honor: ALVES (São José dos Campos)



KENJUTSU MEN´S 0 KYU
1st ALLAN (Ana Rosa)
2nd LUNA (Itaim)
3rd YASSER (Ana Rosa)
3rd ALMEIDA (Sorocaba)
Medal of Honor: LUIS (São José dos Campos)/ ROSA (Sorocaba)


KENJUTSU MEN´S 7th KYU
1st BISPO (Belo Horizonte)
2nd CHO (Porto Alegre)
3rd NEUBAUER (Itaim)
3rd VERZINE (Vila Mariana)
Medal of Honor: CALHEIROS (Vila Mariana) / RENAN (Santos)


KENJUTSU WOMEN´S FROM 0 TO 7th KYU
1st TOSHI NAGUMO (Sumaré)
2nd ISADORA (Santos)
3rd YUMI KANEMARU (Niterói)
3rd LUCIANA CHAGAS LIMA (Vila Mariana)


KENJUTSU WOMEN´S 6th AND 5th KYU
1st TOSHI NAGUMO (Sumaré)
2nd MARIANA (Santos)
3rd CINDY KAWANO (Vila Mariana)
3rd KATE NAKANO (Sorocaba)
Medal of Honor: ESTEVÃO (Brasília) / GABRIELLA (Belo Horizonte)


KENJUTSU WOMEN´S 4th KYU AND ABOVE
1st TIEMI KAWANO (Curitiba)
2nd TAIS BOEIRA (Porto Alegre)
3rd TOSHI NAGUMO (Sumaré)


KENJUTSU SENIOR FROM 0 TO 6th KYU
1st NEUBAUER (Itaim)
2nd CARVALHO (Santos)
3rd AKAZAWA (São José dos Campos)
3rd COIMBRA (Campo Grande)


KENJUTSU SENIOR 5th KYU AND ABOVE
1st EDGAR AOTAGIL (Santana)
2nd KUHN (Brasília)
3rd LUCIO NAKADA (Vila Mariana)
3rd STEFAM (Rio de Janeiro)
Medal of Honor: SAMUEL MEIRA (Vitória) / FUSARI (Campinas)


KENJUTSU MEN´S 6th KYU
1st RUIZ (Sumaré)
2nd ROHWEDDER (Campinas)
3rd COIMBRA (Campo Grande)
3rd PERASSOLE (ABC)
Honra ao Merito: AKAZAWA (São José dos Campos) / LOTTO (Florianopolis)


KENJUTSU MEN´S 5th AND 4th KYU
1st MIYADAIRA (Tatuapé)
2nd PAIVA (Tucuruvi)
3rd ALBUQUERQUE (Ana Rosa)
3rd NAKADA (Vila Mariana)
Medal of Honor : SUZUKI (Ribeirao Preto) / KIRYU (Campinas)


GOSHINJUTSU
1st UEHARA / KIMURA (Ana Rosa)
2nd MARQUES / MASSAO (Sumaré)
3rd LEITE RODRIGO (Vila Mariana)/ GREIN (Belo Horizonte)
3rd AKIO ASAKAWA / BERGAMINI (Vila Mariana)


JITTE
1st HOLSCHUH/DANILO (Campinas)
2nd MARQUES /MASSAO (Sumaré)
3rd UEHARA / KIMURA /(Ana Rosa)
3rd TOSHI NAGUMO / PAIVA (Tucuruvi)


KUSARIGAMA
1st MARQUES / MASSAO (Sumaré)
2nd UEHARA / KIMURA (Ana Rosa)
3rd AMARGOS / PAIVA (Tucuruvi)
3rd SANZIO / BERNARDO (Belo Horizonte)


KENJUTSU MEN´S 3rd AND 2nd KYU
1st DALLACQUA (ABC)
2nd SANZIO (Belo Horizonte)
3rd MIYADAIRA (Tatuapé)
3rd TITO LIVIO (Florianópolis)
Medal of Honor: NEVES (Santos) / TODESCO (Sorocaba)


KENJUTSU 1st KYU AND ABOVE
1st MASSAO VILELA (Sumaré)
2nd VAZ (Rio de Janeiro)
3rd MARQUES (Sumaré)
3rd SILVA (Vila Mariana)
Medal of Honor: KUHN (Brasília)/ ALESSANDRO (Porto Alegre)


TAMESHIGIRI
1st DANILO PEDROSO (Campinas)
2nd UEHARA DANIEL (Ana Rosa)
3rd BARRETO (Ana Rosa)
3rd SAMUEL MEIRA (Vitória)


JOJUTSU BEGINNERS
1st CAROLINE AMADO (Ana Rosa)
2nd CASSIOLATO (Belo Horizonte)
3rd CRISTIANE (Curitiba)
3rd YUMI (Niterói)


JOJUTSU 7th KYU
1st ARAUJO (Curitiba) / KELVIN (Porto Alegre)
2nd TIEMI KAWANO (Curitiba)/ALBUQUERQUE (Tatuapé)
3rd SUZUKI / DELVECHIO (Ribeirão Preto)
3rd ARCIERI (ABC) / FIUZA (Ana Rosa)


JOJUTSU 6th KYU
1st DÉBORA KUHN / UMEDA (Brasília)
2nd ARAUJO (Curitiba) / KELVIN (Porto Alegre)
3rd BHERING / ESTEVÃO (Brasília)
3rd ROSSI (Porto Alegre) / SILVA (Vila Mariana)


JOJUTSU 5th KYU AND ABOVE
1st HOLSCHUH/DANILO (Campinas)
2nd PAIVA /TOSHI (Tucuruvi)
3rd KIMURA /UEHARA (Ana Rosa)
3rd VAZ /HIDEO (Rio de Janeiro)
Medal of Honor : VICTOR / BERNARDO (Belo Horizonte)


IAIJUTSU FROM 0 TO 7th KYU
1st COUTO (Tatuapé)
2nd OISHI EMILIO (Sorocaba)
3rd DENBERG (Ana Rosa)
3rd HERLON (Brasília)
Medal of Honor: YUKI KATO (Vila Mariana) / REZENDE (ABC)


IAIJUTSU 6th KYU
1st MASSAO VILELA (Sumaré)
2nd NISHIHARA (Campinas)
3rd MARQUES (Sumaré)
3rd UMEDA (Brasília)
Medal of Honor: GUERRERO (Ribeirão Preto)/ GAIA (Vila Mariana)


IAIJUTSU 5th KYU
1st TAIS (Porto Alegre)
2nd ESTEVES (Sumaré)
3rd HIROMITSU (Vila Mariana)
3rd TOSHI (Ana Rosa)
Medal of Honor: HADA (Santos) /TAKEMITSU (Vila Mariana)


IAIJUTSU 4th KYU AND ABOVE
1st KIMURA SILVIO (Ana Rosa)
2nd HIDEO MIYAZAKI (Rio de Janeiro)
3rd YOSHIMITSU (Vila Mariana)
3rd DANILO (Campinas)
Medal of Honor: KATSUAKI KIHANA (Sumaré)/ FELIPE (São José dos Campos)

KOBUDO TROPHY - MASSAO VILELA

26-abr-2017

Golden Moments - ATTACK



Kendo-Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu e Jojutsu.
The Bushido philosophy applied in our daily life.

20-abr-2017

Golden Moments - Better



Golden Moments.
The philosophy of Bushido applied to life.

19-abr-2017

Sensei in Brasília (Capital City of Brazil) - Strategist

20 years ago, when I was in Japan, a relative of mine asked me why did I buy so many books and practice like crazy.
I said to him that my objective was to be unbeatable and for that reason, I had to know about everything.
Today, when I look into my past, and with more knowledge of the Path, I regret carrying so may useless baggage. After all, books are heavy and practices take time.
In short, I wasted my time and money with books and videos of inefficient katas, inconsistent techniques and pseudo-masters´ gabble.
To read lots of useless books and practice inefficient katas is to insist in being a fool, and never achieve invincibility.





A true strategist do not have a weapon of choice.



A strategist knows when and where is tha point.




A strategist recognizes an inefficient kata.




Strategy begins in early life.




Strategy is what everyone is looking for!

30-mar-2017

Gashuku Kenjutsu Combat 2 - Niten vs. Ronin

"I have not participated in a Gashuku in about one year. A lot has happened since then. It was a tough year. I felt in my bones how it is to be a Ronin (a masterless Samurai, unemployed). It is not easy to be without work."


I also went through tough times. In 2003, the year of the "Last Samurai" movie, I was called by my "Daimyo" (feudal leader), to leave my position in the castle, and also become a Ronin. The reason: I picked up a call from a jornalist of Folha de São Paulo (main newspaper in Brazil), while with a pacient.
Although I did not know who the pacient was, I answered the phone and quickly asked the journalist to return the call after, since I was working. The pacient was none other then the head of HR of the company that we were working for.
But sometimes life is like this. A luck game...






2003 - The year of "The Last Samurai" Movie



"I went through highs and lows, but what kept me focused was, without doubt, the Niten. With a lot of effort I was able to concentrate and persevere in my daily search of a new opportunity. Each Golden Moment made a special impression in me, made me review concepts and behaviours."

A big part of our actions have influence of experienced sensations and emotions in meeting and living with others.
We adopt behaviours, atitudes and make correct decisions based in past meetings and experiences with great masters, important people, people we admire.
But this sensations, like batteries, get empty with time.
There is only one solutions: recharge them.
Lucky us when we find the correct socket, with the correct voltage to plug in and be conected in our pursuit of happiness.


















"It was very interesting the evaluation of Kendo kamaes (fighting stances/postures). Very different in comparison with Kenjutsu kamaes. A layman really could not tell the difference. Comparing the pratical situations, the superiority of the Kenjutsu was clear."

You should not impose thoughts and conclusions in respect of the superiority of one technique or kata above other, without demonstrating it first. You demonstrate and then the spectator will draw its own conclusions with clarity.



















"Without wasting any time, we go through combats where the opportunity of meeting and fighting against new collegues and test your techniques was very important. We had a lot of corrections. Sensei enphasized the use of Jodan (fighting stance where the tip of the sword is higher), the resourcefullness of fighting with the Kodachi (small sword), and the importance of using different cuts (or strokes) in combat.."

The secret to win is in the use of the Kodachi.
If one do not study this lesson, one is neglecting the Way of the Sword.




















"Final shiai, lots of combats to end the day with a yet higher energy. Followed the dinner, allways a very happy moment to meet againg everyone you fought against/with after a day of war, with a lot of things to share, and a lot of celebration for the productive day, during the Birudo."

The one that does not appreciate drinking sake with your fellow warriors, will be harmful in any group.




















"Iaijutsu.
We had little time to rest, and again we were fighting. It was my first Gashuku in which I could practice the Iaijutsu, and for me it was very important. I learned a lot this past year, and to see the detailed corrections were specially helpful, no doubt. Sensei was very considerate, correcting every important detail at every moment. Moments like this, where we all learn new things no matter what level or graduation, show us how rich the Iaijutsu practice is. It may sound silly, but there are details... within the details! Only with Sensei's correction we can evolve, only with the intense repetition we can improve. The Iai has become yet more important for me this year in particular because made me improve my concentration and focus."

It is impossible to not concentrate when wielding a metal blade. Specially when it is a real cutting blade.















"The double piece cut was impressive. To went through the experience of learning to control your own energy it is not easy. The first impression is that we need more strength to cut two pieces. It is not exactly the case.
NoIn the cutting moment, a lot of things comes automatically. Only after the cut we can evaluate what we done.
Senpai Araujo allways reminded me in our trainning sessions, that the stopping position of the sword makes all the difference at the end of a kata. It is like a signature. The final part is essencial for the conclusion of the cut. If something distract us at the end, we lose the efficiency. I took a deep breath and I believe that my technique got better and better."

Words cannot describe or explain. Only the ones that were there and tried the special cut know how it felt and now know how to do it.
















"Emotion.
At the end of the Gashuku I received with great joy the 5th Kenjutsu Kyu and the 6th Iaijutsu Kyu (graduations). It was hard to breath normally... for some minutes at least. The blue Kimono for me represents a new beginning, the opportunity to learn more and improve in the Path. I was very happy. I am sure that 2017 will be full of battles, lots of learning and a lot of opportunities."

In Niten, after you are able to wear the blue Kimono, certainly the Path will be full of battles, where only the most determined ones win.












"And about my Ronin situation, I gladly inform that in this month of March, I begun working at a new job, as Senior Project Manager in a new Company. Nothing in this life happens by chance. To find the Niten Institute is a unique opportunity. To learn that the practice is important to maintain ourselfes alive and competitive, learn to make a bigger effort every day, that we need to be righteous, to improve in the details, and that we need to sweat a lot. Arigatou Gozaimashita Sensei, Senpais and collegues of the practice, for not letting me lose hope and to always keep me going foward!" -
Guimarães (Niten branch in São José dos Campos city - Brazil)"

In about one year I have guided Guimarães so that he becomes a warrior leader, to participate more in oour classes, and encouraging him to become a Coordinator in Niten.
The result of this is what you just read: From Ronin to Project Manager.
One more victory for Niten.









23-mar-2017

In search of Musashi 2

Unforgettable.

This defines in a few words our encounter: the 1st Niten Institute Workshop in the United States of America.

It's been a pleasure to meet all of you, that with determination and will, have demonstrated your warrior "tamashii" (soul) that day.

Our Master, Musashi Sensei is certainly very pleased. Despite of being known for almost 2 centuries in America, this is the 1st time his teachings have been officially transmitted, in a pure and genuine way.

In this month, I went to Japan, put the light on an incense at his grave

The Niten Cultural Institute, on its turn, is honored. Bringing the art of being unbeatable thru the Kenjutsu Combat to the people who has fought so much to be respected is rewarding.

As for me, I'm proud. This has been the first time I taught a class in English. It's been a tough "shiai" (combat), but I believe I won.

Practice firmly, cause we are going to re-encounter, to hold other "Historical Moments".

Arigatou to all. - Sensei Jorge Kishikawa



"I would love to join to an academy soon."- Desiree Galindo

"It was a fantastic experience at the workshop. Looking forward for more.
Regards"-
Miguel Pachon

"WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE" - Omar Plummer


"I enjoyed the workshop and Sensei Kishikawa's instruction, I am open to future practices should opportunities arise, and thank you for hosting me last week" - Eric Jacobs


"Looking forward to more classes and seminars"- Nabil Abbasi"


"I feel really grateful for been part of the Workshop and extremely honored of having meet sensei Kishikawa. I believe it was an amazing experience and that we are all going to try to incorporate the extensive knowledge the sensei shared, to help us keep our Kokoro Gamae strong.
I sincerely hope that this workshop/seminar had served as the key to open the entrance door for the Niten Cultural Institute to the USA.
Just good luck and thank you very much again for the opportunity. Please do not hesitate to contact me for updates on new events or assistance.
It will be an honor and a pleasure to help in any possible way.
Domo Arigato Gozaimashita!
Best Regards"
- Alberto Roque



"It was an honor to have participated in the first workshop in the USA with Sensei Kishikawa. I have read the Book of Five Rings a few times in my life and being that this is the evolution of Miyamoto Musashi's Legacy to the world. I'm looking forward to the
time when we can train and cross swords with Sensei or his disciples. My fiance, Vanessa Velasquez, and I are looking forward to the next workshop or dojo opening here in Florida. Regards"
- Juan M Borrero Rivera




"I am truly honored to have been able to participate in this workshop. I had a truly inspirational evening. I felt rejuvenated and motivated, something I had been struggling with recently. Thank you deeply to everyone for an incredible experience. I look forward to the next time. ^_^" - Vanessa Velasquez


"I am honored to have been able to practice Niten Ichi Ryu here in the USA and to be part of the first group in America.
Arigato Gozarimashita" - Leonardo Gonzalez





  















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