ROPPOKUJI NO BIKEN with MATS HJELM (Keiko#07)
This years theme was Roppō Kuji + Būdō no Kiso – (Bujinkan sword basics & advanced).
This was a seminar after a three week training trip to Japan (March-April 2004).
Mats taught Roppō Kuji no Biken (advanced sword techniques), mainly techniques and feelings from what Hatsumi Sensei had been teaching during his recent Japan trip.
He also taught sword basics, how to hold the sword properly. And techniques on how to learn the basic cutting. How to handle the sword correctly and much more.
Note: The instructions was in Swedish, but the video have English subtitles.
Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden April 2004
Roppo Kuji no Biken in 2010
In a Friday night class at Hombu, Soke said that roppo was a way of evading and taking space. He said it was six ways of backing up. He said it was like roppo training in Kabuki theater.from Bujinkan Santamonica blog
Who is Mats Hjelm
Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983. In 1986 he moved to Stockholm and started training with a real Shidōshi. He met Hatsumi Sōke for the first time in Stockholm 1988. He attended around 20 seminars with Sōke and travelled to Japan 50 times. Mats takes his budo training very seriously, he never really had a longer break from training!