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22-dez-2018

1st KENJUTSU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Wonderful Days







Records of the Path




Shitsurei Shimasu,

Konnichiwa Sensei,

Such wonderful days!
Today it seems that the sun was brighter, that people were more beautiful, that life is much better! My sense of time has changed, it was so intense, I have the feeling that the party lasted almost a month. The screams of the crowd still echo in my head, the image of the little table was branded in my heart.
The environment created by Senpai Wenzel was perfect to give the atmosphere of celebration, this congregation was formed from the colors of the flag, I saw Brazilians, Argentines, Mexicans, Portuguese, Chileans, and Americans talking as if they were old friends, true brothers of the Sword!

Arigatou gozaimashita Sensei, for opening the path where many passes and many will pass! I had the opportunity to talk to Mika Sensei and how she thrilled and inspired me!
Having the opportunity to assist in assembling and documenting gave me another perspective of the party, I had contact with different people and reconnect the links. I learned a little of the history of each one of them, and I saw the impact of Sensei and Niten on their lives, they are all very grateful for the existence of Sensei and your work. Sensei has the strength to change destinies!

The victory of Senpai Gilberto gave me the joy of knowing that we trained with the best senpais in the whole world! The girls from Argentina motivated me to train more too! And they were the more excited crowd ever!

Domo Arigatou gozaimashita for allowing me to help and participate a little in this unforgettable party.

Long live Niten!

Arigatou Gozaimashita,

Shitsurei Shimasu,
Toshi - Sumaré-SP




The historical table- Where it all began





Samurai women in combat







20-dez-2018

Memories of the Vitoretti Family


Happy is the child who knows what he wants.
Unfortunately, this situation does not always happen for some reasons:
- Because he does not know what he wants
- because there is no one who can offer what he wants
- because parents do not agree (or do not understand) what he wants
 
Here we have a situation where we can overcome all situations and it is worth not only to share, but to take it as an example, if we aspire, of course, happiness and the healthy growth of our children:



"Once Upon a time...

A 5-year-old boy, who discovered a trail that led to a path, and even knowing that this path would be difficult, hard and long, decided, with the help and support of his family, to travel through it.



It was October of 2015, and thanks to a promotional banner announcing NITEN, we discovered the "Bushido".
As the boy always was delighted with the sword, his fascination with samurai art was immediate, and even knowing that a warrior only receives combat training from the age of 12 (at that dojo, at that time), he decided to sit and wait, observing all his "senpais" that developed their techniques there and for a few weeks, in fact, almost two months, he simply contemplated.



However, his persistence in attending the training was observed by the coordinators, and a first chance was given.
And everything began to change and to happen because he already knew that determination would lead him to achieve his goals despite his young age. And so, it was like this, that our family lives today in this way, in Bushido, in the way of the warrior. Following the teachings of Kishikawa Sensei.




"Life does not begin when we reach the top, it´s the path we choose to live that leads us there."

I had to write this tale in the third person so as not to get too emotional, even though it was almost impossible!
I am Barbosa - Cristiane, mother of Arthur, the boy of the story, and although only three years separate us from the beginning of all this, I can say that the first steps along the way were wide and that every moment we see how intense it is to live in it, through him.

Arthur today is 8 years old, was the first student of Niten in KIR JOVEM, that today already works at full steam in our unit. Serving children from 6 to 12 years.
Twice a week, he feels motivated, being useful to the dojo, to the Senpai and to Sensei. Applying his loyalty, honor, and compassion, he is an example and "monitor" of all the children who come to us, and this fills us with admiration and happiness. Our lives are impacted constantly and every day, with each training, we are sure that having given our little "bushi" the opportunity to show us the way was the best choice.
Nothing I write or say will describe how happy and grateful we are to have such incredible support in the education and upbringing of our children (yes, children, we also have Gomes - Maria Fernanda, age 11. But I will tell you soon in another story), where we all practice daily the virtues of a Samurai, and this inevitably leads us to many successes and achievements. Be it in school, socializing, or even family.
Discipline, respect, commitment, organization, self-knowledge are just some of the qualities we can acquire as we go along this path. And our children already earn all this in the dojo, for the example of the senpais and coordinators is an clear fact of this great opportunity.

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita"

Barbosa - Campo Grande Unit






















Arthur´s Self Portrait




19-dez-2018

Niten 25 Years Expanding Kobudô - Bringing the Teachings of Miyamoto Musashi to Brazil 1



(article of the newspaper Nikkey 04/19/18)

Errata:
In Matéria em Japonês it is written that Sensei played in the Brazilian national team from 1985 until 1991, but the corrreto is 

修正
3年に1度開催される世界剣道選手権大会には、1982年から91年まで3大会連続でブラジル代表として出場した。


¨I disenchant myself for Kendo¨



¨Niten Ichi Ryu," founded by the enlightened Miyamoto Musashi.

It is this style that Mr. Jorge Kishikawa (54 y/o, nissei) has the Menkyo Kaiden graduation. He is also the founder of the Niten Cultural Institute (from now on Niten) which completes the splendid 25th anniversary.
*Nissei - the second generation born in Brazil from Japanese parents.

There are approximately 1,200 disciples from eight countries in more than 70 branches in the Americas and Europe, focused and training hard every day.

Mr. Kishikawa points out that "more important than winning championships is to be happy in our lives."

What is the reason for him who has been a champion consecutive times and very experienced in the world of bujitsu have come to this conclusion?

Also, why are his many students, who are Westerners in the vast majority, are glimpsed by Niten? It is in search of these answers that we have been exploring.



It was night during the week. Iaijutsu classes took place in a hall in the Vila Mariana region. Iaijutsu is the samurai technique of unsheathing with ability and speed to beat your opponent.

The students were concentrated under the white kimono, and navy blue hakama were sheathing an Iaito sword to the waist. One could hear explosive shouts of "Yah !," "Yay!" Echoing around the room giving the place an air of much inspiration and determination.

One of the students began the movement in Seiza´s position. The moment his knee raised and his left foot went forward; the cut ended with power. His sword stopped immediately at the moment that to the sound of "Zup!!!" cut in the horizontal height to the ground.

When I, reporter, arrived, I noticed that Mr. Kishikawa austerely monitored every step and movement of his students. As I had previously informed that I would visit, I asked one of his students to notify him of my arrival.

The student referred to Mr. Kishikawa of "Kishikawa Sensei" and performs the traditional protocol accurately. Everything shows that they practice protocol strictly on a day-to-day basis. Mr. Kishikawa nods to the reporter and shows himself smiling at me.

Mr. Kishikawa started kendo at age 7. Day after day, he raised his technical level, and at age 14 he won the 3rd place in the individual and team squad at the 2nd World Youth Championship held at Budokan Gymnasium in Tokyo. From 1982 to 1991, he a starting player of the Brazilian team in the World Tournaments held every three years.

"Built" Niten in the year he graduated in medicine from UNIFESP in parallel to his entry into the labor market.


In 1998, he made the unprecedented accomplishment of being the first Brazilian approved to the 7th dan Kyoshi by a bench of Japanese examiners. It was soon after that he retired from the world of kendo.

When asking why he chose Kobudo, Mr. Kishikawa was accurate:

- "I disenchant myself for Kendo."

"In kendo, only one form of combat is practiced. In the Kobudo, there are dozens of forms and all of them originating in old and traditional schools. My purpose called me to fight in every form that was possible. I wanted freedom", he added.

The only thing is that in Japan the practice of Kobudo is restricted to only performing katas. It led Mr. Kishikawa to elaborate and adapt the techniques of the old schools for "Kenjutsu combat" and thus transmit them in the Niten.

"It´s impossible to get emotional just by performing the techniques (katas). True charm occurs when the technique works in combat."

Upon hearing these words, I saw in the appearance of Mr. Kishikawa, a truly delighted young man. - (Reporter Rikuto Yamagata)





Photo: "Sr Kishikawa teaching Iaijutsu - Niten´s archive."

17-dez-2018

Cutting Down the Doom

We are only humans, and we all know this, or at least in the unconscious, we realize we are just humans. We are weak.
Going away from our entire family, our parents, siblings, and friends to stay away for years require courage. Especially when you´re alone.
Loneliness, doubts, anxiety and fear only happen when we go far away from "our place".
It is in these moments that a compass, a helping hand is essential. And when I say about "helping hand," I mean of the one who helps you but also charges you.
Being direct: if you have Niten, you will not be alone, you will not get lost.
Lucky for the one who has Niten around...

 

"Shitssureishimassu

Born in Fortaleza*, about seven years ago, I decided to move to Sao Paulo in search of professional specialization and to complement my academic training. At that time, I had never spent more than a month away from my hometown and my family, but I felt the time was right. I remember that feeling of fear mixed with some hope of facing a whole new world; the anxiety and the expectation of the people who loved me to make it work and the things I had to give up so I could continue with this dream.
*Fortaleza is a northeastern city in Brazil, capital of Ceara state located 1472 miles north from Sao Paulo.

Very methodical, strict and inflexible to myself (and often to others as well), this behavior gave me a (false) self-confidence that I was prepared for whatever appeared in front of me. But seven years away from what was my comfort zone had more to teach me than I imagined...

At one point, I saw myself completely lost in the face of a problem that I thought I could not overcome. The stiffness with which I dealt with events was leading me along through a very dark road. I could no longer distinguish what the personal side of the professional was, and it started to affect my life for the worse. I woke up without any will. That dream that had begun seven years ago was becoming a nightmare that I could not get rid of, and I was alone. That´s when, fortunately, I just silenced and breathed...

About seven months ago, through advertisements and videos, I became acquainted about something named the Niten Cultural Institute. Due to a personal search, I became aware of the samurai culture and the Bushido code and wondered how it was able to make the men of that time so brave and willing to lay down their lives for what they thought fair, without hesitation. At first, I only admired by far. Until I created the courage and participated in a Workshop at the Brooklin Unit in Sao Paulo with Senpai Weber and things started to happen...

After this Workshop, I attended an experimental class at the Sumaré Unit (my current dojo of origin) with Senpai Marques and Poli. I still remember coming all embarrassed and wondering about all that, but at the same time already with a deep admiration for what was happening there. All the Senpais were very attentive and careful with my presence there. Senpai Toshi was very polite, helpful and excited about my appearance (even though she had never seen me before). In this first Kenjutsu class, I have tried the katas, I suffered a lot with the seiza position (even after some training time), I dressed the bogu, I trained with one, two swords, I erred, I hit, I fought, I lost, and I won ... And then I wear the kimono and keep training.

I recently returned to Fortaleza for a short vacation of ten days. This time I did my first Iaijutsu class. Being received in my hometown now by Senpai Izakiel and Edson, the feeling was already different. Even much more experienced than I, it seemed that we were brothers in the same track and that we were there to continue improving together. The Senpai´s care in guiding the correct technique, in "pulling" with the right intensity and even in sending a "beat with less force otherwise you are going to pay a punishment!" (lol) only made more evident the importance that they gave to continue with our personal improvement and not run away from the confrontation, however difficult the situation is.

“Ribeiro, go back to Sao Paulo and train with Sensei and then come back here and show us what you´ve learned!” Senpai Izakiel told me late in the morning. Hai!

Today I return to Sao Paulo knowing that my family has become much more significant and with that also my commitment to it. And with the feeling that every time I walk into a dojo (whatever the place), I´ll feel closer to my hometown and source.

I met many people and things during this period in Sao Paulo, and most of them I no longer have contact anymore. Despite the frequent changes along this journey, I have made sure that what really makes the difference stays or returns to us at some point in that journey. Even if it´s only for a period...

Domo arigato gozaimashita Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
Domo arigato gozaimashita Niten Cultural Institute"

Ribeiro, Sumaré Unit



Ribeiro, pediatric surgeon


With the group from Sumaré Dojo.



With the Niten´s family at the last gashuku of the year

13-dez-2018

1st WORLD KENJUTSU CHAMPIOSHIP - The Best Trophy

 
 







It would have been much more convenient for us to hold the Kenjutu World Championship just in the top category. Only black belts. 
But for being a moment of fraternization, celebration and union, we have decided to include all categories. The whole Niten family. 
With this, the time has tightened, and it was left to the organizers to juggle that in no other sporting federation I have ever seen perform.
I persuaded the Miami coordinator to come with his son, even if he missed classes. He hesitated, he thought but decided to come.
They came, fought and marked the American presence.
Anyway, they left happy, and that`s what matters.
The Kenjutsu World Championship was not merely a World Tournament. It was an opportunity to fraternize warriors from around the world united by the same emotion: to learn that we have no time to lose.
Just like the United States, everyone took the best trophy!
See the best trophy:


Kombanwa Sensei, Shitsurei Shimasu!

We are already back to Miami and usual activities. The fatigue hit harder when we arrived in the morning, but we are definitely clean-hearted and with a refreshed soul.

Reviewing old colleagues, meeting new ones, receiving so many wishes for success in our mission here in the United States and especially the warm welcome to our students taking care to identify them so that all who spoke English could help in the translations made us feel very welcomed. We all leave renewed and with the feeling of belonging that will not be forgotten.


We arrived at 7 for a delay in the flight. Kevin went straight to school and has not rested (now it`s 9 p.m).

Personally, for us (me and Kevin) it was a great thrill to meet Sensei again, and Sensei Mika, the boys and everyone who encouraged us to follow. Kevin is delighted!

It was a unique opportunity to spend these days with Kevin talking in a way that our routine does not allow. I thank Sensei for changing the agenda for the participation of children and young ones.

It was long conversations about family, friends, budo and the life that I hope will be remembered for him. They will be marked for me also.

During the World Championship there was no time to lose, so I did not enjoy the obento during the day, so I decided to have dinner quickly before embarking on one of the airport restaurants. It was around the table with Kevin that I received my World Championship trophy. He said we need to travel more together.
God willing, let`s climb Mount Fuji!

Once more, Sensei. Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita" 
- Takeshi/Miami.








07-dez-2018

1st KENJUTSU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Words from the Champion











The delegation of Argentina had a great performance in the Kenjutsu World Championship, organized in Sao Paulo by the Kobudo Federation of that country on October 20th and 21st of this year. Four bronze medals were achieved, two of silver and one of gold in the general feminine categories, one of silver in the feminine teams and one of bronze in the masculine team. And, in the maximum female division of the event, both the first and third place were obtained, bringing the two awards to Argentina.

To celebrate this historic moment, we left some words from our World Champion Paula Cintioni:

I see my name on the screen and get ready. I hear the crowd of my teammates. A thousand butterflies were flying in my stomach. I breathe as deep as I can, close my eyes, exhale and focus. I put aside expectations, nerves, there is only the here and now. All that exists is this circle. I put one foot, and I think: "I can!"



In 2007, when I started training at Niten, if you had told me that I would not only participate in the World Championship but also win, I would not have believed. Today, at age 33 and a one-year-old baby, I feel this came at a very special moment in my life. I arrived at the World Championship with exhaustion that only parents of young children can understand. I have a lot of responsibility at work, I am the director of a software development company and command more than 40 people. Before traveling, I was busy with the logistics of leaving my son a weekend without a mother, coordinating everything to have a day off from work and trying to left nothing unfinished. This situation worsened when our flight was canceled from Buenos Aires: instead of taking off at 2:00 p.m., we ended up leaving at 1 o`clock at another airport ... getting to Sao Paulo was a challenge. I did not have time for any additional preparation for the World Championship, so I went only to participate and without any expectation, just with the joy of being able to watch.

However, when I arrived at the Dojo that morning the air of the event came upon me, seeing hundreds of colleagues from many places: Chile, United States, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal ... people who had come from another continent, the stands filled with family and friends who encourage without rest. I was motivated so much by the size of the event that I suddenly knew that just participating would not be enough. I decided to give it all; I wanted to go home at least fulfilling that goal. I always panic about the competitions, but this time I felt calm, happy and enjoying the process. One of the things Niten helped me to forge was self-confidence, crucial to every aspect of life! It was hard to face my mates, but I knew everyone was going to give their best and it was.

My first thanks go to my husband, without his unconditional support that I could not even have attended. Eternal thanks for him!



My second thanks go to my colleagues, especially my Senpais from the Vicente Lopez Unit where I started my path in Kenjutsu. Thank you for training me and for believing in me, for your support, for your patience, for giving me so much joy and for fighting fans. I especially liked the staff we rode with the girls, I felt that we connected, I felt part of a family with lots of sisters. I enjoyed the whole event; I am happy to have been able to attend, to meet with colleagues from other units, from other countries I have not seen for years, all there together in a celebration

Last but not least, my deepest gratitude to Sensei and Mika Sensei for letting us be part of their dream. It`s a privilege!

I regretted not having been able to stay to celebrate at the end of the event; many Argentinians literally, had to return home. There will be another opportunity!

What excites me the most is that one day I can tell my son that his mother was the champion of the Kenjutsu World Championship.

Paula
Argentina






05-dez-2018

1st World Kenjutsu Championship - The Dream of a big dream








Ricardo Lopes (Coordinator of Niten Brasília), Sensei Jorge Kishikawa and Alexandre Amorim (Student of Niten Manaus)


Ohayou gozaimasu!! Shitsurei Shimasu!

More than a year ago, we heard from Sensei that we would have a world championship. Subsequently, the Championship was transferred to 2018, ... in the same year that NITEN Institute would celebrate 25 years !! What a bombshell!

The waiting lasted for so long ... the anxiety was increasing ... and an intense preparation! Samurais from all corners of the country and several countries of the world began their training to participate in the 1st World Championship of Kenjutsu !! The rigorous selection of those chosen to attend the historic event was enormous.

And finally, the big day arrived! Samurai gathered in a Dojo carefully prepared in every detail ... its colors, shapes, flags, flowers, speeches ...it allowed to unite, in the best mode, the fighting spirit, the sensitivity and the lightness of the soul, fellowship and brotherhood around a common goal! Omedetou gozaimassu to EVERYBODY who directly and indirectly contributed to making a dream come true!


Every combat, every move, every defense, every precise strike ... Definitely, the samurai spirit lives and is present in all NITEN´s students. Happy are those who could feel the feel of the World Dojo in the air! "The sword that gives life!"

Thanks to the current technology and the insight of our Senpais, many NITEN members were able to follow online what was happening on the big screen, the keys and the results. Thank you also for the wonderful photos posted on the site and the filming of the speeches made at the event. It helped a lot to communicate the "essence" of the moment to those who could not participate.

Many authorities and many friends of NITEN attended the event and honored the NITEN Institute and our Sensei Jorge Kishikawa. I also had the pleasure, the happiness, the pride and the honor of meeting Sensei Yoshiaki and Sensei Mitiko.

It was for sure an incredible and exciting weekend. Sensei´s words eternalized and marked in our hearts! The story of how it all began 25 years ago, the dream, the challenges, the resistance of the unbelievers, the humiliation, the strength, the courage, the faith, the historical table, the first students, the units... Living this Moment was incredible and unforgettable!

Being able to walk the ´Warrior´s Path´, the Japanese philosophy and the samurai virtues along with Senpai Pinheiro and my friends Lins and Lauro, traveling more than 4 thousand kilometers, from Manaus to Sao Paulo, was very gratifying and edifying. And when we return we can share all this emotion with our friends from the NITEN Unit from Manaus.

Thanks for my Senpais, who welcomed me in Sao Paulo! Meeting them again was incredible! The new friendships that emerged at the event were memorable. To the Senpais who had trained us in Manaus, Senpai Silva, and Senpai Costa, omedetou for the victories and the spectacular combats. Omedetou Senpai Wenzel for the excellent organization of the event. Omedetou to Senpai Gilberto and Senpai Paula, the best samurais in the world !!! Arigatou gozaimassu to all the Senpais of ADM (Niten administration), Senpai Maryanna and Senpai Midori who always help us in the possible doubts occurred.

Arigatou gozaimashita Sensei, for your perseverance, courage, and faith believing in us, non-Easterners, we would be worthy to receive the Japanese philosophy and culture, we would be able to rescue the traditions of the samurai, to learn the millennial principles of samurai and to follow the hard way of the warrior - the Bushido.

“A Dream of a Great Dream!”

Amorim, Alexandre - Manaus Unit





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