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Shugyo with Sensei: Focus

"Sensei asked me to be more energetic with the other women and this is disturbing me in some ways. I am afraid of being too energetic for not discouraging other women, but at the same time, the way I am acting can be rather a form of segregation. The ideal, as in everything in life, is the middle ground, but finding this point is harder than I thought.
After the training, we returned to the ADM where I received a somewhat unusual mission from Sensei: to cut the hair. It is not required of women to have short hair for the Shugyo (spiritual retreat with Sensei), it is only required to keep it tied. I"ve never had a problem with haircuts, I actually have fun doing it, my problem has always been to do something in my hair in order (or opinion) of someone else. And here"s a problem of mine that was never challenged after my pre-adolescence. Although I did not even hesitate to say, "Hai!" (Yes, sir!), I confess that while the hairdresser did her work, I felt very strange, not really sure what I was feeling.
Until I came back to ADM, take a shower and just need to settle my hair on the next day, I realized that Sensei only freed me from another distraction.
The rest of the day was dedicated to the organization of my days, belongings and accommodation." Thais Boeira - Niten Porto Alegre

If you do not know what you want, do not look for me
You must be ready to "die," if you come to the Shugyo


At the end of the day, happiness

"Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu!

I went to Shugyo (spiritual retreat with Sensei) thinking that I would understand the way of the Sword, that I would understand how the Institute works ... there I learned something that I would never have imagined learning in an intense routine of tasks and training.

On the first day, the senpais told me to "not be flustered when I received an order" and early in the first meetings with Sensei, he told me to smile more. I took a "men" in my spirit after receiving these teachings, which will help me a lot in my daily life, especially now that I will enter the internship, at which stage I"ll need a good communication and a good patient-doctor relationship.

The everyday routine of waking up very early, performing many tasks throughout the day makes us realize how accommodated we are and how we waste so much time on useless things and fail to do the important tasks of our home, to interact and to be careful for those with whom we care. In addition, I realized that even having an extremely exhausting day, not only is it possible to have a lot of energy for an intense workout as it is possible to keep this energy until the end.

There is no way to totally translate into words how it is or what happens during the Shugyo, but in trying to do so, I had a bit of nostalgia for everything that has happened, even the most tiresome and unpleasant tasks, since I noticed how was given the evolution and learning, mainly because for being close to Sensei, who with few words and glances, realizes who we are, and what we need to improve, not only on the Way but to be happier. This happens only in Niten, a way in which focus is not the technique nor to be better than anyone, but a way in which those around you want you to be a better and happier person through the katas and ways we learn in everyday life.

Although sad to leave, I go home very grateful and very happy, with experiences that marked me deeply; for the understanding of the way and of my person, with a sense of duty fulfilled, but still with so much to learn and understand in order to be much better for the next time I return ...

Domo Arigatou Gozaimashitá to Sensei for allowing us this experience.
Domo Arigatou Gozaimashitá to Senpais who helped me so much during the Shugyo.
Domo Arigatou Gozaimashitá to all those who gave me the conditions so I could do a shugyo.

Sayounará Arigatou Gozaimashitá!" - Müller (Porto Alegre unit)


Pan-Americano USA 2 - Dream Big

"... Last days - "Without a dream, a strong will and perseverance no objective is achieved".
This was the lesson he learned from the old masters. And this is exactly what brought us here. Sensei"s dream of creating a unique institute that would not only teach the ancient martial art of sword but also the Samurai culture, tradition and other values that had been long forgotten, even in Japan.

Teaching fine art for elevated spirits...
Niten is here to stay. And grow !" - Barreto (São Paulo)

Going out for adrenaline

I"ll mess with you!

Crew of the Galaxies

Here is the power of the future!

Go West

Day dreams in Colorado: Sekigahara in the snow

Day dreams in Colorado: The Blue Lake (frozen)

How to launch a Revolution: Taking Courage and Determinatio

Breathing the sublime Garden of Gods

It"s a lot of people...

We"ve been there: Colorado Rocky Mountain Park

Judo, Jiujitsu and Niten: together in the same boat

It"s a magic thing: the tip is gone!

Boulder (Denver): the important thing is not to stop

"Orientals, look at the flag: Uruguay at the Pan

Niten: Argentines, Uruguayans and Americans united in one feeling

Magic moment: The meeting between warriors

The blessed Sword of the Garden of Gods

We dream big!


Pan-Americano USA 1 - Light and Happy

"Our first days in Miami in preparation for the Pan American Encounter was beyond my expectations. The Brazilian, Argentinian and American teams commingled very well and supported one another during the whole time.

After the preparations came the training. Heavy training followed by shiais in which even the newcomers and beginners had a chance to fight and feel the adrenaline pumping was an unforgettable experience to watch Sensei practicing in Miami.
I think that we are going in the right direction and that Niten has a bright future in the US.
Our bodies may be tired but our souls are light and happy...." Barreto - São Paulo

Historic morning in Miami: we arrived.

The house full in Suburi at full steam!

Painting Manet in Colorado


Samurais in Denver

Denver Banzai!

Samurais in the far west


The Art Samurai arrives in Miami!

Happy End!



"It"s a celebration that reflects Sensei"s perseverance, going to Japan to seek the Kobudo and dedicating his life to learn and teach the Way; the perseverance of Joel Senpai, who accepted 20 years ago the challenge of believing and training with Sensei, and the perseverance of Alessandro Senpai who accepted the challenge of assuming the Porto Alegre unit when Joel Senpai went to Argentina." - Jonatha (Porto Alegre Unit)


"Another remarkable fact was the interaction with all the colleagues from other units in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. This diversity of people made me feel encouraged to go more often Niten´s events in São Paulo to regain these colleagues and get to know them (fight with them as well)." - Mara (Porto Alegre Unit)

"Arigatou Gozaimashita to Alessandro Senpai for leading Porto Alegre and not give up, arigatou gozaimashita to Joel Senpai for travelling hours and hours to bring the Niten to the south and taking the Niten to the world, and arigatou gozaimashita to Sensei, for having a dream and go after it, make it a reality and encourage others to share the same path, with strides forward. " - Daniela Cavalheiro (Porto Alegre Unit)

"In Shin Hagakure Sensei teaches us that we must climb the mountain. Now I realized that we shouldn"t wait until we are more experienced or confident for this - the sooner we go up, the better." - Rocha (Porto Alegre Unit)

"From the selection of the aerial cable cars in Canela Park, where we could enjoy a magnificent, calm and harmonious natural landscape, to the walkthrough Gramajo´s downtown, where we contemplate a traditional parade and enjoy a particular and charming urban landscape in its own way." - Daiana (Unidade Buenos Aires)

"The theme of the Golden Moments was: Courage!" - Noemi (Caxias do Sul Unit)

"When we talk about Sensei, we have imagined someone who was angry and closed to others, but when we´ve met Sensei Jorge Kishikawa we could see that he is cheerful, but serious when he has to be. What I like the most in this gashuku for the 20 years of Instituto Niten in Porto Alegre was the shiai at the end of the training, with cheering crowd. " - Emannuel (Caxias do Sul Unit)

"20 years is a long time, but it goes fast!". This was Sensei"s recurring phrase for the Event. But I confess that when I heard stories back and forth "- from the beginning of Joel Senpai, his first training at POA (Porto Alegre), pioneering in other countries in the South, and expansion to cities of Caxias, Novo Hamburgo and Gravataí, I felt that 20 years were more close to 40. Many things happened on this Path that only those who live intensely by the sword, and by others, could accomplish in such "short" time. - Shindi Sakaguti (Curitiba Unit)

"Diamond Moments that I received on Sunday dinner (properly noted on a napkin because it was what I had available at that moment): May we all train to be happy and live intensely!" - Sources (Porto Alegre Unit)

"Participating in the Gashuku of the 20 years of the NITEN Porto Alegre Unit was the proof of being walking the Way in the right direction!" - Machado (New Hamburg Unit)

“Training with sincerity, the path of happiness!" - Vera Piccoli (Caxias do Sul Unit)


PORTO ALEGRE 20 YEARS 1 - Niten has no other way

"In this Niten event, I participated much more as an organizer than I ever had a chance to be. The responsibility was great, every fault and doubt was a such a huge gap to me, I was very anxious and nervous on the first day: Senki, my spirit was at war, agitated, attentive, attending to everything I could, seeking to make up for every mistake and trying to do the best for the event."

"In the morning I accomplished my favorite mission: to take care of the training of the KIR Junior - and it was great to see the determination of the little ones fighting, they began afraid and soon they were releasing all the kiai at each exercise!" Each one fighting with Takemitsu, I was so proud of ours KJ attacking and going ahead with kiai, every Hajime they were increasing the energy and joy of being there."

"After talking to the parents and returning to focus on the event, I forgot to practice. It was necessary for Tais Senpai telling me to stop everything and start doing katas from Iaijutsu. A few repetitions with the best that I could do, and aware of Sensei"s corrections, that was my Kishikawa Ryu Iaijutsu training. I allowed myself to train more the Suio Ryu. I used every opportunity in any of the squares when some colleague got tired I applied myself to the greatest to repeat my katas by observing and listening to the corrections from the Senpais. Among intense and vigorous training and guidance for the youngest who needed help to organize the event, I was able to make my iaito worth for this day, I am very happy every time I can use it."

"At the time of the Shiais, I spent all my time checking my colleagues" bogus and concentrating my spirit on the struggle that was about to come. After I got my Men I remembered Sensei"s words about the peace of mind of those who enter the duel, I prepared myself lightly and breathing normally."

"When I was entering the circle I was beginning to stir my spirit and then our general, Takemitsu - who always gave tips on how to attack suggesting kamais to our Chimangos fighters - gave the command "go there and finish him, Petersen" and that"s how my spirit was completely inflamed, I went in there being certain about my combat, to show all my dedication in front of the Sensei and my sword colleagues."

"Kiai, energy, everything that Alessandro Senpai always charges and is already in the blood, written in the spirit. I only returned from the state of fighting to the Niten event after leaving the arena.
Our party was an opportunity to talk for a few minutes with Sensei again, I felt very happy to be worthy of listening to Sensei. To honor Joel Senpai and once again thank Alessandro Senpai"s dedication, effort, and persistence in offering us such a strong and good dojo. Alessandro Senpai is majime. I always want to demonstrate the value of our Senpai and it is very good to be able, in an event like this, to thank and ask to continue putting us on the track and I realize that this is the kind of feeling that Alessandro Senpai has for Joel Senpai and I believe that today I can understand what is it. Talk with colleagues who came to join the event and share this moment of gratitude for Sensei"s faith in sharing with us his dream and the journey of Joel Senpai to offer us the opportunity of the Path."

"The trip to Canela and Gramado was a revisit of the landscapes of my childhood with my parents, all of these through a samurai vision visiting the place with his parents and brothers of the Path. Memories of this kind of trip were already golden and today are Diamonds.
Getting close to our beloved colleagues, coming from afar, to present the sights and beauties of our lands and sharing everything with such special people who share convictions and ideals, is a true family, a very good feeling. From start to finish of the day every conversation with colleagues was a delight."

"Listening to Sensei was intense and exciting for me. I didn"t expect to be called by Sensei to sit at his table and listen to the directions and teachings directly from the source. It was the perfect ending to the journey."

"The Caxias dinner at the children"s table gave me more lightness and joy to end the day knowing that even the younger ones know very well what we are looking for in Niten."

"I have no doubt that it is essential and my children, when I have them, will be in the path from the day they are born and trained in Niten from the day they can begin." Onegaishimassu, we need another 20 years for the good of the next generations!"

"It has been a long time since I have been certain that Niten is essential for me and I want to follow this Path. This event showed that my feeling is about love, dedication and willingness to offer everything from myself to continue strengthening the Institute and myself on this Path."

"We can"t stop, we can"t diminish, for all that Sensei and the Senpais offer us, there is only one way to follow with all kiai ahead. After knowing life with Niten there is no other way for those who love what is right and good."

"For all the other things in life you find a way, jobs are changed, friends, life is changed as routine ... But Niten has no other way: it"s only in Niten!"


16º TBEK - Children


16º TBEK - Iaijutsu