Internationaal Festival 2015 Tai Chi


Kacem Zoughari seminar Rotterdam

In september Dr. Kacem Zoughari will visit The Netherlands again for another great seminar on Shinden Fudo Ryu and Kenjutsu .Kacem currently lives in Japan and is a close personal student of both Hatsumi sensei and Ishizuka sensei.

The 2 day seminar will be in the Sportzaal
Burgemeester Josselin De Jonglaan 27, Rotterdam
Saturday 11:00 – 17:00
Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
80 EUR 1 day training
130 EUR 2 days training
Extra training:
There is also extra training on Friday night.That training will start at 20:00 at The Old School,
Schoterboshof 23, Rotterdam
25 Euro (limited availability)
There might ialso be an extra class on Thursday night.
That training will start at 21:00 at The Old School, Schoterboshof 23, Rotterdam
25 Euro (limited availability)
Please forward this information to your friends in the Bujinkan, many people have asked for this
information and we want to see everybody receive this as soon as possible.
Getting there:
The training is close to Rotterdam airport, The Thalys stops in Rotterdam, as well as the Ferries
from the UK. We have many great hotel for all budgets.
This hotel is walking distance from the seminar, a lot of our visitors stay here:
Budget options:
If you need any help arranging your visit let us know.


Lior Offenbach Seminar

LiorSeminarMaxxsavageMet trots presenteert Savage Factory, een Krav Maga Seminar welke wordt gegeven door oprichter en eigenaar van Combat Krav Maga International, Lior Offenbach.

De seminar vindt plaats op zaterdag 19 september 2015 van 10:00u  tot 17:00u in Tilburg.

Een seminar die je niet wilt missen!

  • Gratis Krav Maga T-shirt!
  • Inclusief lunch en flesjes water!
  • Toeschouwers zijn niet toegestaan, minimale leeftijd 15 jaar!

Proudly Savage Factory presents, a Krav Maga Seminar which is given by the founder and owner of Combat Krav Maga International, Lior Offenbach.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 10: 00h to 17: 00h in Tilburg.

  • A seminar you don’t want to miss!
  • Free Krav Maga T-shirt!
  • Lunch and bottled water included!

No spectators allowed, minimum age 15 years!


Reduced price till 13th august 2015

€75,-  till 13-8-2015
€85,-  after 13-8-2015
€85,- at the door price (no T-shirt or lunch included)


Nieky Holzken wereldkampioen kickboksen

Nieky Holzken heeft in Las Vegas bij Glory 23 Las Vegas gewonnen van Raymond Daniels en is daarmee wereldkampion kickboksen in het weltergeweicht. Nieky heeft in de derde ronde gewonnen op technisch KO. De scheidsrechter heeft de wedstrijd gestopt. Raymond had een flink snee boven zijn linker ook en kon daardoor niet meer vechten.

Nieky The Natural Holzken

Het is voor Holzken, die de bijnaam ‘The Natural’ draagt, na 2013 de tweede wereldtitel in het weltergewicht. Holzken is ook in het K1-circuit geen onbekende; daarin won hij in 2007 het Europese kwalificatietoernooi. K1 is de professionele tak van het kickboksen.

Nieky bewijst hiermee dat het niveau van het kickboksen in Nederland erg hoog is. Heel kickboksend Nederland is trots op deze Helmonder.


Christopher Curtis Ki Aikido Sensei

Christopher Curtis Sensei (8th Dan, Okuden) is the head instructor of Maui Ki Aikido as well as the Chief Instructor of the Hawaii Ki Federation.

How did you come to practice Ki Aikido?

As long as I can remember, I have had an underlying desire to understand what makes human beings act the way they do. So I decided to study theatre arts in university in hopes of understanding the essence of humanity. I chose acting and play writing as a way to find access to this mystery, and at the same time get all of my selfish emotional needs met, fame, fortune, etc. It was while working with the Open Theatre in New York City after graduation that I first encountered Koichi Tohei Sensei’s teaching, through a meeting with his then student, Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei. I was struck by the insight and depth offered in this teaching. A few short years later, after attending a three year meditation retreat, I moved to Maui, met Shinichi Suzuki Sensei, and the rest is history.

Had you practiced any other styles of Budo before that?


What was it that appealed to you in Ki Aikido?

With so many sports, including martial arts, it seemed like progress was based upon who could win acompetition by besting another opponent, and so often I was told that strength and quickness were the key to this victory. But the original founder of Aikido and my teacher’s teacher, Morihei Uyeshiba Sensei (O’Sensei), took as his personal motto, “Masakatsu agatsu kachihayabi,” which means just the opposite: “True victory is victory over the self, and transcends time and space.” O’Sensei said of this, “If all you think about is winning, you will in fact lose everything.” In the practice of Aikido, I finally discovered that it was not others that I needed to understand and overcome, by merely my own self.

Who were your teachers?

My teacher on Maui was Shinichi Suzuki Sensei, who passed away several years ago at 9th Dan and was the senior student of Tohei Sensei outside of Japan. Of course, my teacher in Japan was always Koichi Tohei Sensei the Chief Instructor of the original Aikikai Aikido school in
Tokyo, and then later the original founder of Mind Body Unified Aikido, or Ki Society. I also spend considerable time training with Iwao Tamura Sensei (9 th Dan) the senior student of Tohei Sensei in Japan.

Who are your source of inspiration (past or present)? Why are these people your source of inspirations?

The greatest source of inspiration for me has always been my two main teachers, Koichi Tohei Sensei and Shinichi Suzuki Sensei. Suzuki Sensei was kind enough to allow me to act as his “otomo” (humble assistant) for over 25 years, travelling with him and assisting him as he
taught throughout the world. Being with him on and day by day basis like this was sometimes hard, as he was a very strict task master and always expected the very highest level of attention from me, but I will always be inspired and grateful for his example to me of
how to be generous hearted and compassionate with others, not matter how they treat you.

What, according to you, is the most important goal of practicing Ki Aikido?

The most important goal of practicing Ki Aikido is to wake up to the non-separation of all things. As Koichi Tohei Sensei always said, “The purpose of our practice is to be one with the Universe.”

What is the most important thing you yourself have learned from practicing Ki Aikido?

In the beginning years, I had many conflicting goals in my life, and so was always deliberating and choosing my next move very consciously and cautiously. Through 40 years of this practice, I now can honestly say that I am relieved to discover that paying attention to what is being
presented in each moment always provides for the appropriate response. Practice is choiceless.

How would you explain Ki Aikido to a layman?

I generally encourage a lawperson to simple observe a class or two, and then, if this inspires them, to begin practicing. Since Ki Aikido practice is entirely experience-based, any intellectualization of the process, particularly prior to a person experiencing it for themselves,
can be misleading at best, and damaging at worst.

What relationship is there between Ki Aikido and violence/selfdefence?

Violent aggression, from hence arises the notion of “self-defence,” only happens when one allows an opening for such to occur. The Japanese say “tsuki ganai shisei” which means “a posture of no opening”. Some Westerners take this to mean how one stands, but “shisei” is not the
same as “kamai” (stance or position). Shisei here refers to our a ttitude or state of mind. This is why Tohei Sensei states that the purpose of our practice is to be one with the universe, and how O’Sensei can say that if you try to win you lose everything. Our practice is to be in the
experience of “non-dissension” or a mind of “non-fighting,” leaving no opening for an attack to begin with. This is the ultimate “self-defence” in which we win before fighting.

The literal translation of the Japanese characters often mean something else in comparison with the meaning how they are used in the world of Budo.

I.e. the characters for “Zanshin” mean something like “stand firmly”.We would appreciate if you would be so kind to share some more of these kind of terms with us.

I seem to have done some of this in the last question. However, since you mention the word “zanshin” I should say that this is one of the most commonly misunderstood by Westerners. When we use this word zanshin, we see the correct translation as “standing firm,” as you
mention. However, to us here in the West, when we say “stand firm” we are often understanding this to mean some kind of stubborn or fixed state of mind. Whereas a truly firm stance is one that is quite flexible, a position that sees the “whole” or “big” picture, not one side or the other of an issue.

Unfortunately for most of us our knowledge of the Japanese language is too limited to accomplish a firm understanding of the nuances of these terms.

Would you please be so kind to advise us how to improve our knowledge of these terms besides much training? i.e. is there a book which explains these terms?

I have never seen such a book, and would love to have one! However, such a book would, in a away, still be misleading, since we cannot really understand a term like Zanshin, for instance, without practicing enough to actually experience it. As usual, a mere intellectual understanding is generally misleading, and often dangerously misguided.

Has your perception of Aikido changed throughout the many years you’re practicing Aikido?

Certainly. In the beginning, I thought it was about movement of body. Then I saw it as movement of mind. Now I cannot discover a difference.

Would you please be so kind to share your thoughts on the future of Aikido?

When I was just a beginning Aikido student, I was fortunate enough to attend a party for Koichi Tohei Sensei on Oahu. During the party, somehow I managed to sit down next to Tohei Sensei during the evening. When I did, he turned and looked at me and said, “Young man, the future of Aikido is in the West!” I had no idea what he meant, or why he happened to say that to me. But now that I travel to teach so much in the West, the U.S. Mainland and Europe, I think I see what he meant. I am particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment to Ki Aikido that I have experienced in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Russia.
I think that Tohei Sensei’s methods of teaching Aikido, in particular, bode very well for a future in this Western world, because of the way it exposes in and to each one of us our hidden propensity for aggression and self-satisfaction at any cost. In such a world, this kind of teaching cannot help but be useful.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Aloha from Maui, Christopher Curtis.
Chief Instructor
Hawaii Ki Federation
Japan Ki Society Headquarters Advisor
to Netherlands, Germany, and Spain

Peter Mullenberg

Müllenberg en Korving naar EK

Boksers Peter Müllenberg en Roy Korving zijn op tijd fit voor het EK van volgende week in het Bulgaarse Samokov. Ze zijn voldoende hersteld van blessures die ze vorige week tijdens wedstrijden in het Duitse Halle opliepen

Müllenberg (-91 kg) en Korving (-81 kg) willen zich op het EK kwalificeren voor het WK, dat in oktober in Doha wordt gehouden. Daarvoor moeten ze bij de eerste zes eindigen. Enrico Lacruz (-60 kg), Wouter Djokic (-69 kg) en Max van der Pas (- 75 kg) completeren de Nederlandse ploeg op de EK, waaraan vanaf vrijdag 7 augustus 241 boksers uit 36 verschillende landen deelnemen.


Floyd Mayweather heeft gewonnen

De 38-jarige Amerikaan versloeg zijn twee jaar jongere opponent in de MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas op punten. De jury moest na twaalf ronden de winnaar aanwijzen van het ‘Gevecht van de Eeuw’. Het besluit van de jury was unaniem met scores van 118-110, 116-112 en 116-112.  Mayweather blijft door de zege ongeslagen. Hij boekte tegen Pacquiao zijn 48e overwinning op rij. Voor de 36-jarige Filipijn betekende de nederlaag zijn zesde in 65 partijen. De wedstrijd werd betiteld als het ‘gevecht van de eeuw’. Beide boksers behoren tot de top van de wereld.

Ancient arts, modern world – are they fit for purpose

This blog no doubt will upset the die-hard traditional practitioners but the content of the blog does have a serious point to it and that point is do old bugei martial arts systems have real practical use in a modern world? Arguments on this very issue have raged for many years now and the internet forums for the martial arts are a blaze with arguments on who and what is the best way to deal with physical violence. I am going to avoid the subject of weapons; the reason for not discussing the weapon arts comes mainly down to the fact that the majority of mature adults know that it is illegal both to carry and use weapons in public, that said there are a few idiots out there that think they are the exception to the rule.

To continue the blog I’d like to use an issue that is always hotly debated amongst martial artist and instructors alike: joint locking. Now we’re not going to use a particular martial art in general as an example as there are far too many to discuss from all cultures, not just Japanese. I have met instructors who are adamant that effective joint locking will work with the use of good evasive foot work and control of the aggressor rendering the attacker immovable and in great pain. Having been on the receiving end of many a sankyo and nikkyo both in ju jutsu and aikido I can agree with the claim of effective pain, however I would like to mention that these techniques were performed in the dojo under controlled conditions, with the ever present thought of the insurance policy in the back of your mind if the technique is performed wrong or too brutally and the fact that as an uke I am allowing the technique to be applied freely so tori can study the technique. As a former doorman I have never gotten a joint locking technique applied to control an unruly customer; there are a few reasons for this: one, we usually worked as a team or group to deal with violence and two, the environment is totally different from a clean respectful dojo with an insurance policy. Outside the dojo there are no rules and the average aggressive person that is pissed off through drink, drugs, you spilt my pint and you’re trying to get off with my bird will not be compliant or respectful to you; also keep in mind that we are discussing controlling one person here and not multiples. Over the last six years I have been invited to teach on many courses and on all these courses we have always taught simple and direct techniques in a controlled, aggressive manner. These techniques range from elbows, head butting, knees and one of my favourite techniques, biting but to be totally honest this would only be used in the extreme. Now I am not condoning violence as something to be proud of or that these techniques are an answer to all threats of violence; believe me, I have been on the receiving end of a good kicking so nobody is infallible. All situations are different and have unique problems that have to be dealt with at the time but I like the techniques I have used in the past; I would use them again in the future, such as pre emptive striking, closing the distance using atemi waza and then control the aggressor if it is needed using joint locking. In this modern day and age I believe that the only real use of joint locking outside of the martial arts should be by law enforcement, prison guards and the military etc. The reason I state this is because they usually work as a unit and not a singular person when trying to subdue and control an aggressor; how many times have we seen half a dozen police officers trying to control someone to get the cuffs on? Now this comes down to the law and rules of engagement they are bound by; even so I have witnessed quite a number of police officers used to finally control an aggressive drunk when a good old fashioned right hook or elbow would have solved the issue much quicker. Many say the police have their hands tied and I agree having read the police manual on the use of force to detain a person, in my opinion it all comes down to covering backsides and insurance. It is not my intention to use this blog to promote our particular way of training or use of technique, nor do I claim that what we do is the be-all-and-end-all in the self protection world. Indeed there are many more experienced people out there than I and deal with these issues on a daily basis in a variety of employment situations. That said, I have stood in line and learnt from these people and I personally agree with their methods and approach, many would not. I was motivated to write this blog having read the statements and articles by Sensei Taran McCarnum and Sensei Dave Thatcher. I will admit to only knowing them through the martial arts community but their honesty and candour was something I was immediately drawn to, further more I also agree with them on the issue of the amount of total rubbish being taught as safe practical defensive techniques in a combative situation. Thanks to YouTube every man and his dog wants to be on the big screen to strut his stuff and make his claim on what is effective to deal with violence and let’s be honest there is some total crap out there; everything from rape prevention to gun stripping an opponent. There are a lot of issues usually not discussed on these videos such as terrain, emotional state, environment, one or more aggressors, weapon involvement, drink, drugs and adrenaline etc. Also none of us are psychic so no-one can predict how any given situation will turn out and no amount of training will solve that but it does give you an edge providing it is practical and hopefully effective. On recent courses up and down the country I have witnessed absolutely abysmal training standards and techniques been taught to deal with violence; this training came across as a corporate product guaranteed to work one hundred percent of the time, all the bells, whistles, badges, certificate of attendance and more gold on a black belt than black. The instructor was extremely confident in his verbal delivery skills and motivating the group but the content taught was in my opinion total rubbish and not a true reflection of what I have in the past witnessed on many occasions. Teaching gun disarmament to a society that does not use guns personally on a daily basis and the fact that the average person is not desensitised to firearms is both dangerous and fool hardy; even I could not tell you how I would react to a gun shoved in my face, then again I am no body special either. The knife work was impractical and the attacks were slow and controlled from the attacker; real knife attacks are fast, aggressive and in some case not seen until you have been stabbed. This course was a classic case of a classical martial art being used to sell a product and give false confidence to those that attended. No doubt the instructor knew his art inside out but was using it in a foolhardy way. For the most part if I attend a course and think a particular technique is total rubbish I just don’t take it on board; I have met some really arrogant instructors laying down the law on the rights and wrongs of effective self protection and why they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. I have had the privileged to have trained with what I consider instructors at the forefront in dealing in effective training methods, not just techniques but training the body and the brain to deal with violence. The one thing that stands out with all these instructors is the practicality of technique in the given situation; simple techniques delivered in a brutal manner if warranted. The guys have been at the hard edge of what most of us will never have to see or deal with and personally I agree with their methods. Complicated techniques such as joint locking may have their place on the ancient battlefields for the use of stopping a samurai drawing sword but I personally have never had my wrist, elbow etc. grabbed in a fight and I am certainly not going to ask a person to grab my wrist just to try out a technique when I can drive an elbow to your face or stick in a good head butt. At the end of the day all of us will do what we want to do with regards to training and practising our chosen martial arts or modern training systems. However it is my wish that “you” having read this blog at the very least question yourself, your training and methods of training. There are large groups of people training that do not spar hard so how can they know if they can take a punch? Not to mention those that train only in a pure art but never train to use it effectively or adapt it for fighting. Quality effective training or disillusioned week in week out rubbish sold to you as a product? Only you can make the choice, I hope it’s the right one.

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Lotto Dutch Open 2014

Introductie The Lotto Dutch Open/Karate1 Premier League 2014 is upcoming! This great tournament will take place in Almere, the Netherlands on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March. De Lotto Dutch Open/Karate1 Premier League 2014 komt eraan! Dit geweldige toernooi vindt plaats op zaterdag 8 en zondag 9 maart 2014 in Almere.


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