IN THE MARTIAL ARTS there is an essence a feeling beyond training and knowledge and skill.

Performance at this intuitive level is beyond description. So how does a master martial artist teach this indescribable feeling? Through his art.

Masaaki Hatsumi is an 85-year-old sōke (head instructor) of Japanese martial traditions. He has worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series and written many books on ninjutsu and budo. He has previously visited the FCCJ as a guest speaker. About 30 years ago, Hatsumi Sensei made a series of colorful paintings of concepts which are essential to his dojo. Until now, Hatsumi has kept this collection private for the education of his students, but now feels it is the time to share these paintings.