le 14/09/2017

Cet article vise à appréhender la pholosophie et  l'esprit de la Takeda Ryu Kobilza Ha au travers de son enseignement.



The practice of Budo is’nt limited to a physical activity or sport. It takes a whole new dimension in the world of martial arts. Budo is first of all a personal research and a way to develop  the knowledge of oneself .

It is sometimes difficult for the practitioner (often more for adults) to receive advice of his senpai  or sensei about his own attitude or behavior. As practitioners we often accept technical advice on the placement of our hands for holding the sword , but it is much more complicated to receive notice of our way of being .


However the way we practice is a great indicator of what we are. Just a few experienced eye focused to see on  the posture , the look, the moves, the different states of a practitioner ( hesitations, doubts , pride , vanity , emotions are often exposed ) . This is one of the  reason why many Budokas often speak of " Cutting the Ego ", the " No Ego " or " Mu Shin " I can awkwardly translated  as " mind without intention ."


This concept of Budo cannot obviously be taught in books or  by beautiful theories. It can only be developed in practice and share . The Dojo of Budoka is not only a tatami space in a room, but wherever he  is "here and now " in his everyday life . To be open  to others, obliges us to not be blinded by ourselves and our own desires . Thereby, Budo gives a special dimension to our practice, for this reason  in it  there is no opponent except oneself. As well in tournament , randori or also Oyo Waza ( techniques of application ) , in our practice only partners are existing. This largely explains the spirit of mutual respect which can be seen in a Takeda Budo Fight . However, we should not believe that the job of a partner is to deliver consensual attacks, or to project themselves into the air for aesthetic purpose. Attacks must remain sincere and fall only serves to protect ourselves against lesions related techniques. We are falling only if we have to. Beginner students often confuse sincerity of the attack, and attack with force (rarely in the right distance and the right timing ) .


The practitioner must always have an overall view of the spirit of Budo developed in the Takeda Ryu. It is based on a certain ethic of life transmitted by these values ​​: Courtesy , Respect , Honor , Sense of Duty , Loyalty , Fidelity .

The objectives of the Takeda Ryu Kobilza Ha Budoka are to promote these qualities : AN ALERT MIND , A STRONG BODY , STRONG WILL, POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF LIFE, THOUGHTS TOLERANT , BENEVOLENT BEHAVIOR .

They aim to develop people who can not only master fighting situations , but also help to manage the challenges of daily life.


Kobilza Sensei wrote:

"Each of these six " qualities " or" tools "have the same importance for us, and their order represents the path of development of a practitioner (DO ) throughout the years . This path begins work on concentration (which is normal and necessary when you start learning ) . Follow this path eventually led him to become a person attentive to his environment. He will intend to show sociability and kindness towards other people. Have an alert mind is usually the best prerequisite for learning, and we develop it at our first lesson of Budo . This includes being attentive to improve its own concentration , and develop critical thinking . In sum, it is our mental strength !

Develop a strong body by practicing martial techniques is clear and understandable by all. But for Takeda Budo practitioners , shaping a strong and healthy body is also the basis for also achieving higher goals is our notion of physical force !

We agree that a strong willingness  is required to follow virtually a no ended path (DO) . It is through our physical training, that we develop a strong commitment with our practitioners. This psychological quality as the qualities mentioned above is not an end in itself , it is a "tool" that will allow us to become a person without showing fear but tolerant and benevolent . This psychological strength is based on a strong physical and mental maturity .

While we are constantly working to improve our mental, physical and psychological capacity , we increase our chances of creating a positive approach of life . Identifying small steps in improving our skills. It is being able to enjoy a tiny success we take pleasure to go lead us regularly. In everyday life you can not also celebrate a great success every day , but every day you can get a few brief moments of satisfaction if you stay vigilant to identify these tiny little steps in your personal development . It will give you the energy and motivation to continue. Your overall attitude ( mind ) will be positive. Someone who knows some success in his personal enrichment , with no fear , knowing his mental and physical strength , and generally having a positive approach in life we can expect that it has no problem to accept and respect other people , in other words, he or she will be tolerant for others.

In conclusion, with all these "qualities" of a strong person and common sense , our Budo practitioners can show kindness wherever and whenever it is needed . This " attitude of the heart " or as they say in Japan " kokoro no kamae " based on the strength and kindness is to be the goal we want to achieve .

The reader has certainly identified aspects of Shin ( mind) and Tai (body) but could ask where there Gi ( techniques). Those that we practice is our main way to learn and develop for ourselves all the qualities mentioned above. Learning , practicing and perfecting our techniques ( gi ) we are improving all the other possibilities of our body ( tai ) , mind ( shin) and heart ( kokoro , a specific form of mind). Other people can achieve the same thing by practicing chado or kyudo or any kind of western sport, but it is our specific passion for traditional martial arts that has led us to Takeda Budo we practice seriously and with pleasure, but also with great respect for this cultural heritage . "

It is only by constant practice, with the curiosity of a beginner  that  Budo brings us  to this self-knowledge . Keep an open mind , do not burdened and blind by our own prejudgments either we are novice or experienced , to know ourselves better and live with others . May be that’s why we teach the practice of Budo .


Philippe Boutelet.


With my thanks to Sensei Kobilza for his personal contribution to my practice of Budo


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le 14/09/2017 et mis à jour le 03/12/2017

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