1st March 2022

Third newsletter. At the end of last year we practiced on the eight sword postures and techniques from the Togakure-ryu. This year we continued with the six Bikenjutsu techniques. We have completed all the material on the Togakure-ryu sword for now.
If you are interested in how I understand and use the “Ninja sword” check out our videos at

In March/April we will have a new theme, more on that below.



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稽古の主題 KEIKO NO SHUDAI - 2022 #2

The theme for March/April will be Kukishin-ryū Kodachi and Taijutsu.

The short sword carried by all warriors have several names depending on the mounting, how it was carried or displayed. Kodachi, Shotō or Wakizashi for example. We will study all aspects of the short sword/knife together with our Taijutsu.

The Kodachi has been neglected by most Budō-ka and masters since it was a weapon carried by the higher ranked officials.” – Hatsumi Sōke (March 2003).
Keiko no Shudai 2022-2
There is only three Kamae and three Kata in the Kukishin-ryu Kodachijutsu. But we will bring in the Bujinkan Budo-taijutsu Sanshin no Kata, Kihon-happo and much more to make the training less boring and more interesting.

I will teach this theme on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00 at Kaigozan Dojo the following dates March 1, 3, 10, 22, 29, 31 and April 7. And then finish with a mini seminar on Saturday April 9'th at 13:00-17:00. The training fee on Tuesdays & Thursdays is included for all members of Kaigozan Dojo. For all others it is 100 SEK. For the Saturday mini-seminar it is 200 SEK and you get the DL-Video of the seminar for free.
My latest Download Video is is now available at Budoshop.SE
Keiko no Shudai 2022 #1 was recorded at the Kaigozan Dojo in February 2022.


  • Apr 9 - Mats Hjelm - Kodachi & Taijutsu at Kaigozan Dojo, Stockholm Sweden (more info here).
If you want your seminar listed here send me an email to [email protected] with all information. Then I will add it here in a short format like the one above.


I have only written one public book, and it is the YUDANSHA book. I got very good feedback from many prominent Bujinkan teachers including Hatsumi Soke. The book covers all the Taijutsu techniques I think every 5'th Dan should know by heart.

The book is only available from Lulu!

Below is two pages from the book as an example. It is available in a few different formats and bindings.

3 Tips for 大外掛 Ōsoto Gake You Should Start Using Now

Tonight in my class we studied 夢落 yume otoshi. The last time I did this in Japan, Hatsumi Sensei gave us some insights that I want to share with you. He began by telling us 空間で嚮導 Kūkan de kyōdō, or lead the opponent in the kukan.

Jūjiro Or The Indirect Fight

In the Kukishin ryū, there is one central concept that many don’t know, and it is called “Jūjiro”. With the pandemic, everyone experiences difficult times, and it seems that many of us should be reminded of some basic concepts. Jūjiro is one of them.

Is 2022 A Dive Into The Abyss?

Happy Shinnen to all! This 新年 (shinnen) is the Japanese for “New Year”. (1) This became a particular date only when humans began counting time. But this cosmic event has been going on for more than 4.5 billion years.
We collected nearly 2000 articles and essays from the most well known Instructors of the Bujinkan Dojo since 2005.
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