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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



"To be honest I thought that I would suffer at the beginning of this week since I was very tired and had some muscle pain, but I was surprised and happy to wake up monday full of energy, disposition and yearning for the next class."- Luciana (Unidade Vila Mariana)

"To spend the weekend living alongside colleagues from distant regions, Senpais and Sensei is always full of good emotions and memories and fills you with the energy to continue firmly in the Path and to continue practicing hard until the next event. Every time I leave São Paulo I feel sad for going far away from Sensei but also very happy for the opportunity to spend these few days with my Master." - Petersen (Unidade Porto Alegre)

"They say that when in danger our primal reaction is to flee.
During this Gashuku, ome of the moments that stuck with my was during the kakarigueiko with Sensei. When receiving Sensei's attacks with the two swords the image of a Tiger's fatal blow appeared in my mind, with a feroucious energy and quickly cutting my jugular with his claws. I felt like I would not even managed to react to an attack like that, much less survive."
- Kate (Dojo Sorocaba - SP - Brazil)

"Because we are all aiming for our improvement and we have a lot to achieve in our paths, I believe that one of the greatest learnings I have had is to aim for balance between demand and expectation of what is the correct way to do things. To discover how to stretch the string of a guitar so that it produces the most beautiful musics, within its own structure and improvement level.
And also in a legitimate way, recognizing that at that given moment and path we can share something that will allow us to grow more than we would've if we were alone."
- Romeiro (Unidade Brasilia)



"At the end, when Sensei rang the bell for the mokuso, a feeling of peace took over me end the only things that existed were me and the sound of the bell, slowly disappearing.
This was the most significant feeling in this gashuku and that I had not yet experienced."
- Ana Lucia (Dojo Vila Mariana - SP - Brazil)

"A important moment for me in this gashuku was during the first Sekiguchi Ryu class, when Sensei called everyone in the event to reiterate the importance of the Iaijutsu by saying that everyone that really seeks to follow the path of the Samurai, must also practice the Iaijutsu". - Matta (Dojo Ponta Grossa - PR - Brazil)

"We overcome the cold: those who came from warmer regions and were not used to cold temperatures, and even we from the south and the Argentinians that are used to the cold had a tough time during the night and in the morning cooper." - Gabriele (Dojo Caxias do Sul - RS - Brazil)



Japan may be the only country in the world that still practice this specific training, focused in spiritual strength: the Kangeiko.

寒 Kan = cold
稽古 Keiko = Training

This training goes back to the end of the Edo period, 200 years ago, when in a time of peace, the Spirit of the Samurai warrior was no longer what it once was.
In order to maintain this Spirit some measures to strengthen it and elevate it were taken, and the Kangeiko was one of them.
The Kangeiko occurred on the coldest days of winter, so that the Samurai had to practice furiously and with resilience, and thus overcoming their limits, surviving the times of peace with dignity.

To this end, the Niten annually performs the Kangeiko.


15th TBIK - Kenjutsu 4

Kenjutsu 1st Kyu and Above - Vaz X Gilberto