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マツイエルマ
Mats Hjelm
(a.k.a. Kabuto)

 

有ると思ったら無い;無いと思ったら有る
If you think it is there, it is not; if you think it is not there, it is.

The natural mind is one that has absorbed all learning
and is free from thought of all that it has learned.
Do not see things in things that are, and do not see things that are not.
Move beyond these things and see the truth behind.

 

I have been training Bujinkan Budo-taijutsu since around 1983-84. I have been to many many seminars all around the world for my own training, and still does. I went to 16 Taikai with Hatsumi Sōke when he travelled around the world (plus many Daikomyousai in Japan). I have done 30+ training trips to Japan to train with Hatsumi Sōke and the Shihan. I’m teaching at Kaigōzan dōjō in Stockholm weekly, sometimes I do seminars somewhere in the world.

 

DATES & STUFF

    • 1983 Introduced to Ninpo Taijutsu by a friend
    • 1986 August – Moved to Stockholm and started training (CI: Sveneric Bogsäter)
    • 1986 September – My first seminar was with Stephen Hayes
    • 1988 August – My first Taikai was the Stockholm Taikai
    • 1988 August – Was awarded 1 Dan
    • 1989 January – Was awarded 2 Dan
    • 1989 August – Malmoe Taikai
    • 1990 Jan-Mar – First Japan trip (6 weeks) (Was awarded 3 Dan)
    • 1990 August – Malmoe Taikai
    • 1991 August – Malmoe Taikai
    • 1992 February – Was awarded 4 Dan
    • 1992 August – Malmoe Taikai (Passed the Godan test, 5 Dan)
    • 1995 August – England Taikai
    • 1996 August – Holland Taikai
    • 1997 July – USA Taikai
    • 1997 August – Spain Taikai (Was awarded 6 Dan)
    • 1998 May – Italy Taikai
    • 1998 August – Stockholm Taikai
    • 1998 November – Japan Trip #2 Daikomyousai (4 weeks)
    • 1999 March – Japan Trip#3 (3 weeks) (Was awarded 8 Dan)
    • 1999 August – England Taikai
    • 1999 November – Japan Trip #4 Daikomyousai (3 weeks Japan)
    • 2000 June – Holland Taikai
    • 2001 Mar-Apr – Japan Trip #5 (3 weeks)
    • 2002 July – Norway Taikai
    • 2002 December – Japan Trip #6 Daikomyousai (2 weeks) (Was awarded 9 Dan)
    • 2003 March – Japan Trip #7 (2 weeks) (Was awarded 10 Dan)
    • 2003 August – USA Taikai
    • 2003 Nov-Dec – Japan Trip #8 Daikomyousai (2 weeks) (Was awarded 11’th Dan)
    • 2004 Mar-Apr – Japan Trip #9 Taikai (3 weeks) (Was awarded 12’th Dan)
    • 2004 September – Japan Trip #10 (3 weeks)
    • 2004 Nov-Dec – Japan Trip #11 Daikomyosai (2 weeks)
    • 2005 September – Japan Trip #12 (2 weeks) (was awarded 13’th Dan)
    • 2006 January – Japan Trip #13 (2 weeks)
    • 2006 September – Japan Trip #14 (2 weeks)
    • 2007 January – Japan Trip #15 (3 weeks)
    • 2007 September – Japan Trip #16 (3 weeks) (was awarded 14’th Dan)
    • 2008 January – Japan Trip #17 (3 weeks)
    • 2008 May – Japan Trip #18 (2 weeks)
    • 2008 September – Japan Trip #19 (2 weeks) (was awarded 15’th Dan)
    • 2009 January – Japan Trip #20 (2 weeks)
    • 2009 June – Japan Trip #21 (2 weeks)
    • 2009 December – Japan Trip #22 Daikomyousai (1 weeks)
    • 2012 November – Japan Trip #23 (2 weeks)
    • 2014 April – Japan Trip #24 (2 weeks)
    • 2014 Jul-Aug – Japan Trip #25 (2 weeks) (was awarded Bufu Ikkan diploma)
    • 2014 Nov-Dec – Japan Trip #26 (2 weeks)
    • 2015 February – Japan Trip #27 (2 weeks)
    • 2015 May – Japan Trip #28 (2 weeks)
    • 2015 August – Japan Trip #29 (2 weeks) (was awarded Shidōshi Yūshū Shihan)
    • 2015 Nov-Dec – Japan Trip #30 (2 weeks)
    • 2016 Jan-Feb – Japan Trip #31 (2 weeks)
    • 2016 Mar-Apr – Japan Trip #32 (2 weeks)
    • 2016 August – Japan Trip #33 (2 weeks)
    • 2016 October – Japan Trip #34 (3 weeks)
    • 2017 February – Japan Trip #35 (2 weeks) (Gold Medal)
    • 2017 May-Jun – Japan Trip #36 (2 weeks)

伝記 Biography

My first experience with Ninpo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) was in 1983 or 1984 (can’t exactly remember). A couple of friends of a friend had been to Stockholm training with Bo Munthe. But living so far away from a real instructor I couldn’t do much more than ukemi training, and very amateurish copying from videos and books. After my military service (which was just a waste of time, please don’t ask) I moved to Stockholm 1986, and started training regulary with Sveneric Bogsäter.

sitingrass1After my first visit to Japan in march 1990 when I came home Sveneric had abandoned us and moved to Malmoe. And the dōjō we trained in was history. We moved in to a small basement on the other side of town (20 square meters big, no toilet, no showers). I kept training there for a short while, then I also started training with many other instructors around Stockholm.

I passed my 5’th Dan test in august 1992 on my first attempt. This was a surprice since I really wanted to get hit (just for the experience), but something else beyond my intelligence moved me out of the way.

In September 2008 I got the highest rank in Bujinkan Dōjō from Hatsumi Sōke. Some people call this Kugyō Happō-biken, but I don’t know, my diploma says simply 15’th Dan. But this does not mean that I stopped learning, this is important to understand. Once in Honbu Dōjō my master said that there is no highest level, there is always something beyond. If you have this attitude I believe you can go far.

Since then he invented more “ranks”… in 2014 I got the Shin-Gi-Tai Bufū Ikkan diploma, and in 2015 I got the Yūshū Shihan diploma. The next and last highest “rank” is now Dai Shihan.

The best trainings I know is of course Hatsumi Sensei training’s in Honbu dōjō, When I go to Japan I usually train with Shiraishi Sensei, Noguchi Sensei, Seno Sensei, Oguri Sensei and Nagato Sensei. Sometimes I also train with other Shihans both Japanese and western. The best trainings is without doubt in Japan. I wish I could afford going there more often.

Kaigōzan Dōjō

This is my dōjō located in Stockholm, it was founded in October 1990. If you are in town, please drop by for a free training! For more information about our dojo see our web site www.kaigozan.se.

I think teaching is fun and enlightening, but training under other’s (anyone with something to teach regarding rank actually) is sometimes even more enlightening.

Teaching seminars

I love to travel around the world for training and sharing my stuff. So far I have been invited to teach at seminars in Sweden, Latvia, Turkey, Hungary, Germany and Holland. If you are interested to invite me for a seminar, please contact me.

後書 End note

English is not my native language and this might come out other than intended, I’m sorry if that is so. I will might come back and read through the text again and change it in the future, but right now I want to finish the rest of the web site to.
I would be happy for corrections if you see something that is not correct, please let me know. I could omit the whole text until I was happy with it, but that would take years. I’ll take the chance and realize I might look stupid in some eyes and release it anyway. This is also part of 決死 kesshi (in the spirit of do-or-die) or maybe being a 傑士, hehe 😉

ガンバッテクダサイ Ganbatte kudasai!

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