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At the end of Gashuku, I received the email from this student, to which I replied:
"Your father is happy to see you on the right Path ..."

"Konbawá Sensei,

Shitsurei shimasu. At the moment that I said "Hai" to participate in Cooper Cotia"s Gashuku, I had the feeling that it would be a special weekend.

Acting as my own business owner in the last 3 years, I have valued every opportunity to increase my Ki. And the Gashuku is a privileged moment!

Building a brand of my own, winning customers, delivering high-quality jobs, persevering despite the adversities of the country"s economic situation are a reality for which we are prepared to face in the Dojo. The strategy we learned: move forward with Courage!

I had the privilege to follow for 20 years my father"s struggle on this "battlefield" to develop his own business. His action was always guided by Honesty, Loyalty and Courage, values that we practice in NITEN.

This June 16, he would have completed 72 years, if his fight had not ceased in 2015.

Achieving, therefore, the 5th Kyu of Iaijutsu on this date had a special meaning. It"s as if I"m receiving a blessing from my father, recognizing that I"m on the right track. Or better, on the Path of the Sword.

Domo arigatô gozaimashitá, Sensei!

Sayounará," Martins

Martins in the Gashuku of Kenjutsu - This Weekend in Cotia (São Paulo)


110 Years of Japanese Immigration - June 18, 2018

This weekend at Gashuku held at Coopecotia I was approached by a notable Softball teacher from Atibaia.
She was thrilled to hear of my presence and that there were still descendants of Japanese willing to preserve our culture despite these rough times.
Immigration 110 Years. Niten 25 Years.
We can say that Niten is already part of this great story, isn´t it ???

Arigato to all!

"Immigration began with Kasato Maru ship with 781 Japanese. Today, in Brazil, we have the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.

I want to honor all immigrants who have had the courage to leave their own country and come to such a distant place, with strange habits, new foods, and way of life so different.

To honor, especially, my family, who came in the 60"s. They had a very difficult life, with many sacrifices, many tears, a lot of famine, many desperations, but they never gave up.

They practiced TAN REN* in their daily lives. They overcame each obstacle with much effort, with great effort. And, it"s that courage, it"s this TAN REN that I seek. It is in the example of my family that I find strength, determination to face all the difficulties that life imposes on us.

Today, part of my family is returning to Japan, as Brazilian immigrants trying to live a better life in Japan. It is with great sadness that I see this exodus because it is giving up a country that was built by immigrants of all races. They are giving up all the effort and struggle that have been conquered by our ancestors ... It"s a shame ...

I see in Sensei, in NITEN, a hope ... There is a gigantic effort from Sensei, in bringing the best of the Japanese culture, adapting to the Brazilian way of life.
I see in Sensei the TAN REN of the ancient ancestors, and I respect him deeply for giving us this example.

The baby is me, YUMI, the Brazilian who is with her parents and grandmother, the Japanese immigrants.
Arigatou gozaimashita"

Rio de Janeiro Unit

*TAN REN = Expression mentioned in the Golden Moments approaching Strenght, Resilience etc


16 TBIK 11

Meloni x Weber - Shiai of Graduates in the 16th TBIK
Nito Tsuki (Two-Sword Competitor Attacks Opponent´s Neck)

Sensei´s Review:
What we can see in this fight is the result obtained with the practice of our warming-up with two swords, Kihon Nito.
At Niten, even the warm-up strengthens you in the combat. Do not underestimate ...


16 TBIK 10 - Jojutsu


16 TBIK 9 - Niten Ichi Ryu

Sempai Wenzel and Marques Demonstrate Niten Ichi Ryu
The Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu is the style of Kenjutsu created by the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi (Know more)

Gilberto Vs. Silva - Graduated´s Shiai in the 16th TBIK
Men (Hit on opponent"s skull)


16 TBIK 8 - Yoshiharu Kikuchi - 110 Years of Japanese Immigration

In the 16th Brazilian Tournament we had the presence of the President of the Executive Committee of Japanese Immigration, Mr. Yoshiharu Kikuchi

Gilberto Vs. Marques - Graduated´s Shiai in the 16º TBIK
Tsuki (Lunge in the neck)


16 TBIK 7 - TEMPLE NIKKYOJI - Monk Eishin Suzuki

Massao Vs. Guilherme - Graduated´s Shiai in the 16º TBIK
Nito Do (Opponent with two swords blows blow on Abdomen)

In the 16th TBIK we had the presence of the Nikkyoji Temple Representative, Bishop Eishin Suzuki


Shin Hagakure in Spanish - Book launch

On April 25th at 7p.m. in Bueno Aires (Argentina), at the Borges Cultural Center in the Williams Audience Hall was released the Spanish version of "Shinhagakure - Thoughts of a Modern Samurai."
The book in its Spanish version was edited in Argentina by Niten Cultural Institute itself, there are two volumes where Sensei Jorge Kishikawa shaped his experiences of more than 40 years of training with the Sword and interaction with Traditional Masters of Japan. Shinhagakure (meaning "new Hagakure" and it"s a reference to Yamamoto Tsunetomo"s famous book) carries the Combat energy from the Samurais and proposes itself like a compass that helps the reader to orient himself to face and overcome the problems of life, both professional and personal.

It was a gala event to receive Sensei Jorge Kishikawa, author of the book, who transmitted to all the participants his excitement by this new possibility of spreading his message in its whole shape to everyone who speaks Spanish. His kindness and warmth conquered everyone at the ceremony, and they didn"t stop asking for photos and autographs in his books.

I should mention the significant presence of the Japanese community in Argentina, such as Sensei Gustavo Aoki (Master of Tea Ceremony of the Urasenki School), Sergio Kaneshima (President of the Nichia Gakuin Japanese School Committee) and Venerable Sempo Oshiro (Buddhist Monk of Soto Zen Buddhism School from Japan) that brightened the day with his presence and words. Also present were representatives of Argentine clubs and government entities, such as Mr. Gustavo Angelucci (GEBA) and Dr. Mariano Javier Ortega (Lomas de Zamora´s Health Ministry).

The words of Argentina´s General Coordinator, Joel Correa da Silva, vibrated with recognition to Sensei by the greatness realized when writing the Shinhagakure. During the event, there were also moments of emotion when Mariano Díaz Barbosa, writer, and student of the Institute, read to the participants some chosen pieces of Sensei"s work.

We believe that from this moment the Shinhagakure will be an essential and accessible reading for all the people of the Spanish language who seek to develop values such as Courage, Compassion, Loyalty and that strive day to day to reach their potential.


16 TBIK 4 - KENJUTSU Finals

Finalists of the Graduated Category

Instructor Gilberto received the Champion of the Day Award, Trip to the United States and Mexico!

Gilberto Vs. Marques - Tsuki (Lunge in the neck)

Marques Vs. Adeval

Marques Vs. Gilberto

Silva Vs. Gilberto

Pedro Irii Vs. Marques

Holschuh (Campinas)

Gilberto Vs. Danilo

Silva Vs. Massao

Pedro Irii Vs. Estevão

Silva Vs. Massao - Graduated´s Shiai in the 16º TBIK
Tsuka Tsuki (Lunge on the opponent"s neck with the sword shaft)