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Diamond Moments at Nippon - Part 3

The location offered silence and beauty so that the concentration and softness manifested in each strike, each orientation from Senpais or Sensei. My body does not let me forget what this Gashuku was all about: spirit renewal!

The Diamond Moments echo in my kokoro (heart, emotions) and at each moment I reflect if I"m not acting in one of the archetypes that Sensei mentioned. I felt that I have yet much to better myself, but the joy is even bigger when I realize that Sensei is generously showing us the Path to travel. With pain always comes a smile.
The girls, after hours of intensive training in the afternoon, even though very tired, still showed signs of happiness and satisfaction!"
Toshi Nagumo (Sumaré Dojo)


Diamond Moments at Nippon - Part 2

"The Diamond Moments were a invaluable gift.
Yesterday"s night, I reviewed the teachings with my family and, having finished it, I heard a comment saying: "imagine those teachings in Sensei"s voice!"...

... Though the diamonds shine less in our hands, they still transmit Sensei"s energy and wisdom, even after so many miles, so many hours of travel, it was still possible to bring home intact a part of its brilliance and energy."- Durval (Juiz de Fora Dojo, MG, Brazil)


Diamond Moments at Nippon – Part 1

While I was listening (and taking notes!) on that Diamond Moments I recognized that several times I was caught fitting on those profiles of “people that don’t reach progression” in the Way. I cannot say that was negative, because from that moment I could realize the issues I can – and shall – change in my life.

The point that really amazed me in this Gashuku (intensive practice) was the moment that I noticed how dedicated Sensei is with his disciples and students: no matter if he is teaching you the correct steps of a Iaijutsu Kata, or a correct position (kamae) during a Kenjutsu combat – it is, however, mainly showing us how the hidden details really matters and will really make the difference that you feel Sensei’s dedication.

Today I notice that after hiking up the Mountain to live side by side with the Master that this is the path I will follow on the Way of the Sword in order to become a better person and citizen.
Fontes (Porto Alegre Dojo, RS, Brazil)


September Gashuku


Yamato Day 2

"On the cold weather, emotions warmed the body. As Japanese descendent, I felt privileged to learn about my ancestors" (Teruo, from Ponta Grossa City, Paraná State, Brazil)

"This was my induction to a Yamato event and I felt honored and thankful to Sensei for sharing so many deep details about the Japanese culture with us from a Western culture. I try to consolidate the whole event in one single word: new. A lot of new information learned, and I felt renewed myself, over and over again" (Antunes, from Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil).

"I substituted anxiety by serenity, uncertainty by determination and a certain of will to keep learning more and more. These were the lessons that I learned in this event" (Botinhão, from Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil).

"During the practice sessions, all the details and secrets of each Kihon and Kata proved that Sensei is our true link with Japan. I was really missing this feeling of exhaustion at the end of the practice – an exhaustion over all body, but at no time at the mind and spirit.
Mind and spirit both were burning!" (Tengan, from Ana Rosa Dojo, at São Paulo City, São Paulo State, Brazil).

"The Kobudo is still entirely alive in Niten and we are studding old traditions with a Swordmaster that pushes us to go further and longer" (Saraiva, from the Ilha do Governador Dojo, Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil).


Yamato Day 1

"For sure, my ancestors went through many difficult situations in order to to create conditions that would benefit my generation, and it wouldn’t be fair to waste this favorable time or forget the past. Niten, in my opinion, has this role to show us the direction so we don’t lose our time, and in such event we have the opportunity to recover the memory of our people."
Suzuki (Ribeirão Preto)

"At the beginning of Jojutsu training, there´s tsune-no-kamae- the fortress of the everyday life: strengthen the day-to-day spirit"
Holschuh (Campinas)

"I felt that Yamato Day was very important, for telling a real situation and that, within the family of Japanese descendants, probably many of them has gone through several situations presented in the film." Nakano (Sorocaba)

"That’s what we´re searching for, inside the dojo and in life. To understand the Tansei in every action and refine the thought and spirit to live fully, with happiness, with real friendship."
Ivan (Juiz de Fora)

"I feel great to be a part of the Instituto Niten, fundamental space of society where the history and lessons learned never get lost."
Neubauer (Vila Mariana)

"As Sensei said in Brasilia: Strategist doesn’tt choose a weapon. This Gashuku was the opportunity to study less usual weapons and the katas, for us to give one more step on the Path that we chose to tread."
Erik (Brasília)

"Yamato Day was a true call to awareness. And the overwhelming need to seek the truth, even beyond our own convictions, as said Friedrich Nietzsche said, "convictions are more dangerous enemies to truth than lies”.
Barreto (Ana Rosa)

"I was seized by a dubious feeling of sadness, by the silent suffering of past generations who had to abandon their identity to survive, and at the same time I felt joy, knowing that in the Niten we redeemed this feeling under a new light, to nourish and strengthen the new generations."
Shindi (Curitiba)

"At the beginning of the day, Sensei told us about wasting life, and thanks to Niten, there’s a Golden Moment that marked me, The TADATI NI, I always try to rectify my spirit for now, because the winds always change."
Brígido (Rio de Janeiro)

"My jichan (grandfather) gave the pillow to the dog and kept himself sleeping in the rice sack. Good memories!
Domo arigatou gozaimashita Sensei, for helping us to understand a little bit better our ancestors."
Kiryu (Campinas)

Japanese surrender Flag in the Philippines

"Having the opportunity to live all this and still receive the "gift" from Sensei (the flag) is priceless."
Patrick (Brasilia)


Kamae - Mojigamae