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Strengthening my KIAI in the US

por Martins - 19-nov-2018



Knowing that I would travel to the US in November, I made plans with Senpai Takeshi during the Kenjutsu World Cup in Sao Paulo last October to visit the NITEN Dojo in Florida.

Even though it was a vacation trip with my family, I couldn’t let go the opportunity to strengthen my KIAI while there.

Having driven 4 hours in a row the night before and slept less than 4 hours, I had to practice Hagakure vote #1 to get to the DOJO in time.

Seeing all my colleagues in Kimonos and hakamas made me feel home immediately.

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Viggiano - MiamiHai, Arigatou Gozaimashita Senpai Martin!

I enjoyed our fight, it is good to train with someone with more experience. it is a whole different energy. Even though it was short I learned a lot from it.

Arigatou Gozaimashita again for coming until nex (Continues)

Juan Borrero - Fort LAuderdale, FloridaDomo Arigatou Gouzaimashita Senpai Martins!

It was a pleasure to have you in the dojo, experience new energies, and most importantly cross the path of the swords for each person`s personal growth. We look forward to your next visit.

Sayounara, Ariga (Continues)

Takeshi - MiamiDomo Agiratou Gozaimashita Martins !
We are looking forward to practice with you again in the near future.
Takeshi/Miami (Continues)

1º MUNDIAL KENJUTSU - RESULTADOS

por MundialKenjutsu - 27-out-2018




Resultados do 1º MUNDIAL KENJUTSU realizado nos dias 20 e 21 Outubro de 2018 em São Paulo com participação de delegações de:
Portugal, Inglaterra, Estados Unidos, México, Colômbia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguai e Brasil.





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Kenjutsu Categoria Máxima - Masculino
Alexandre Vaz (3º, RJ), Gilberto Vieira (1º, SP) e Ronaldo Costa (2º, RJ)



Kenjutsu Categoria Máxima - Feminino
Melissa (Fighting Spirit Feminino) recebendo premiação de 3º lugar em nome de Saieva (3º, ARG), Ana Lúcia (2º, SP) e Daiana recebendo premiaçao de 1º lugar em nome de Paula (1º, ARG)



Thomas Spanos (USA, Denver) recebendo prêmio Fighting Spirit Masculino






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CRISTIANE BARBOSA GOMES - Campo GrandeOmedetou Gozaimassu!!! Somos todos vencedores, pois no NITEN somos um único Clan, uma única família. Muito bem representada por todos os participantes, todos os veteranos e todos os iniciantes, durante este mundial. Sinto profundo e verdadeiro orgulho por (Continues)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP- The Tree of the World Championship

por Cavalheiro - 25-out-2018



Konbanwa Youroshiku Onegaishimasu Sensei, Shitsureishimasu,

I owed an explanation to Sensei about the meaning behind the tree I gave as an Orei.

Last year, I made my first shugyo and took 1000 tsurus to Sensei as an Orei. I made it thinking about the hope of Peace to every one of Niten, the peace that we achieve in training, in advancing on the path and facing the challenges of everyday life. There were 1000 tsurus for the wish to perform and it was multi-colored because we, as students, we have multiple colors, multiple origins and yet unique.

Soon after, I thought of the idea of the tree with foliage of tsurus, and although at first, it was something artistic, better presented, from one year to this it was making more and more sense.

The tree is an idea that was planted, a seed that was growing and to break the soil it began to grow humbly, and of course, had to face external factors to develop strong and firm to stay on the ground until it was full of life through its flowers. But these flowers did not come from the tree but instead, landed on the tree. And every tsuru who landed in this tree, fuller, fuller and more alive, remained.

The students of Niten are the tsurus of this idea, the flowers that make the tree a tree and, based on the Sensei`s speech, are the people who made the dream a reality.

Sensei can check, the tsurus are not perfect, they are not the same, some are clustered, others are aligned, and that is because we are not perfect, but together we form something so beautiful that it can be considered perfect.

And the fruits: the fruit of this tree is when the tsuru flies from it, and at that moment the idea goes with it, growing more other trees in new places.

Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita to Sensei and [Mika] Sensei for being warriors to make a dream come true and being a model to all of us who make up this dream.

Shitsureishimasu,
Sayounara Arigatou Gozaimashita,
Cavalheiro - Porto Alegre-RS




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Mundial - Wonderful Days

por Toshi - 25-out-2018



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










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Mundial - Dias maravilhosos

por Toshi - 25-out-2018



Shitsurei Shimasu,

Konnichiwa Sensei,

Que dias maravilhosos!
Hoje parece que o Sol estava mais brilhante, que as pessoas eram mais bonitas, que a vida é muito melhor! A minha noção de tempo se alterou, foi tão intenso, que tenho a sensação de que a festa durou um mês. Os gritos da torcida ecoam na minha cabeça, a imagem da mesinha foi gravada no meu coração.
O ambiente que Senpai Wenzel criou foi perfeito para dar a atmosfera de comemoração, a egrégora se formou a partir das cores das bandeiras e eu vi brasileiros, argentinos, mexicanos, portugueses, chilenos e americanos conversando como se fossem velhos companheiros, verdadeiros Irmãos de Espada!

Arigatou Gozaimashita Sensei, por abrir esse caminho aonde muitos passam e muitos passarão! Tive a oportunidade de conversar com Mika Sensei e como ela me emociona e inspira!
Ter a oportunidade de ajudar na montagem e documentar me deu outra perspectiva da festa, tive contato com pessoas diferentes e reconectar os elos. Soube um pouco da história de cada um deles e vi o impacto do Sensei e do Niten na vida de todas elas, todas são muito gratas pela existência do Sensei e de seu trabalho. Sensei tem a força de mudar destinos!

A vitória do Senpai Gilberto me deu a alegria de saber que treinamos com os melhores Senpais do mundo! As meninas da Argentina me motivaram para treinar mais também! E foi a torcida mais animada!

Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita por me permitir ajudar e participar um pouco nessa festa inesquecível.

Vida longa ao Niten!

Arigatou Gozaimashita,

Shitsurei Shimasu,
Toshi - Unidade Sumaré-SP










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Mundial - Humility, Passion, Spirit and Hospitality

por Juan Borrero - 25-out-2018



Shitsurei Shimassu,

A slight verbiage change was made based on Takeshi Senpai`s recommendation.

Niten 1st World Kenjutsu Tournament and 25th Anniversary

Humility, Passion, Spirit, and Hospitality

The weekend of October 19 – 21 of 2018 will be one of the most memorable weekends in my life to date. It was with great effort, that I was fortunate enough, to find the solutions that allowed me to travel to Sao Paulo, and not only participate in the tournament, but learn from the source that is Sensei Jorge Kishikawa and all the Senpai’s and Kohai’s that were present. I travelled without goals, without expectations, I wanted to live in the presence of the energy (ki) of Sensei and all the Senpai’s and Kohais from across Brazil and the World.


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Letter from the heart

por Vohs - 31-ago-2018

"Sensei Jorge Kishikawa
Niten Institute

Our Golden Moment yesterday was about patience. It reminded me of something I`ve meant to do for a few months now.

When Senpai Thomas first recommended that we write a "letter from the heart", I resisted. As a severe introvert with a few months of training, what could I say that would be meaningful?

I was impressed by Senpai Kenzo of course. He was b and graceful, confident and direct.

Sensei, when you came to visit I was even more impressed. The students who came with you were many, capable, and confident. The training was (just the right level of) challenging and helpful. The demonstrations of keiko and weapons skills were exciting, wonderful, enlightening, and inspirational. I was grateful for your time and attention.

Honestly though, having studied with some exceptional humans in my life, I expected no less. Your leadership, skill, and grace were remarkable, but a few hours is not enough time to really get to know someone. Still, this experience confirmed that I was in the right place. I want to learn as much from you as I can.

The second time Senpai Thomas requested feedback, I was slightly embarrassed that I had not responded the first time. But still, I struggled to find the words to express myself and my commitment. What could I possibly say that you haven`t heard before?

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Golden Moments - PRACTICE

por Niten - 22-ago-2018

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Gashuku with Senpai Kenzo - Seek Perfection

por Caleb - 02-ago-2018



Kenzo Senpai had Thomas Senpai and I practice various techniques, on all of them Kenzo Senpai pointed out minor errors in my form. Agh... A wave of frustration hit me after hearing of my mistakes. However, this was replaced by acceptance, determination, and a hint of joy because I now understood some finer details. I thought to myself, "I must train harder, I must seek perfection". Later we moved onto Keiko and it was here I had a good opportunity to focus on Kenzo Senpai´s advice. Even more I could notice the errors in my way but knowing the problem is the start of fixing it.



It was most enjoyable to watch Kenzo Senpai spar with Thomas Senpai, there I could see well executed techniques and proper form. Kenzo Senpai was constantly changing his stance and weapons, peaking my interest to train harder. To have so many options in combat is when things will get truly exciting.

Just speaking casually with such an experienced Senpai helped me to undertand him better and to appreciate his many years of training.

Arigatou Gozaimashita
Caleb - Denver


Straighten Up Your Ki with Kenzo Senpai

por Matheus-RIO - 24-jul-2018





"Straighten Up Your Ki"

These are the words from Sensei that I think of each time a Senpai comes to visit and train with our dojos here in the United States.

Even after the Senpai has moved on to the next step of their journey, I can see and feel the difference in myself as well as the other students. Our alignment is better.
It is not just in how straight we stand or the technique of our strikes, but instead it can be seen in the whole, how our dojo moves and trains together.

Of course, it takes a lot of work to make this difference; Kenzo-senpai"s visit was no exception!
We had only four full days to enjoy Kenzo senpai"s company and we made the most of it by training every day.

With his positive demeanor and boundless energy, Kenzo senpai worked us through exercises we knew as well as plenty of others we did not.
He demonstrated variations on techniques we had previously touched on and helped us to discover a better understanding of the sword.

During our intensive gashuku on Sunday, Kenzo-senpai also crossed swords with each of the students in shiai.

Of course, this gave them a taste of what awaits them in October, at the World Cup.
Our dojo has a lot of training ahead of ourselves to prepare, but we will bring a strong Kiai all the way from the USA to Brazil!

Arigatou gozaimashita Kenzo-senpai! Otsukare-sama deshita!

Gambarimasu!

Sayounara,
Thomas.






 

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