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Really Shidoshi!

September 14, 2013

Just so you know, I just passed my 5th Dan Test. So I am a full-fledged Bujinkan instructor now.

What does the 5th dan test look like? Here’s a vid.

The actual location was the one you can see at 0:58 onwards. The Grandmaster himself didn’t swing the shinai, it was another Shihan, but he was present to watch the whole test.

I passed.

What does it mean?

For me? I don’t know. I still feel like the same person. I haven’t developed X-men mutant powers (DARN!!), I still move the same way (poorly, compared to the senior practitioners), and I can still bump into people in the street if I am not careful.

So there…

But it WILL mean some changes for you people.

1) We are on the International Bujinkan Map

This is only good. Senior instructors who were passing by Singapore sometimes didn’t know of us. Now they do. Those more senior than I am (err… which is pretty much everyone else, I guess) may come by to teach the class when they pass through Singapore. And that will help you all see that there is more to Bujinkan than I can ever show or teach you. And that is all good!

(It also means you will get even more confused and I will also get to look ridiculous when those teachers totally kick my rear-end. But it’s still all good!)

2) We have responsibilities to the organization

On the basic level it will be things like the annual membership fee (2000 yen), being more formal about the grading certificates and all that. I will have to talk about etiquette and formality (which is so alien to me, I know) that will come into play when you people visit other Bujinkan dojo in other countries.

On the intangible side, it means teaching you people the techniques such that you can eventually train in Japan, to give you a framework for understanding what is going on in class, and recognizing that there will be Shihan who do things 180 degrees differently from me and still make things work (that’s why they are Shihan and I am just a 5th dan, I guess).


I have been training every day, often twice a day, for the past 5 days. This is the last day of training for me, and tomorrow I am heading back to Singapore. So I haven’t had time to process and think through all that I learned. That means it may take a while for me to put up class notes on what I went through the past week. Let me think of how to do it so that it will be useful to you!

And I want to say thank you to all of you for your support. By turning up for class you have been showing your trust and support for me as a Bujinkan instructor, and without that I would never have dared or been able to come to Japan to train and take my 5th dan test.

Thank you!

俊傑 (Shunketsu)

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