JU PO SESHO – JAPAN 2003 – first article
PO means, the supreme way of Ninjutsu. Jutsu, in this context, means an organized set of combat methods. PO is based on Jutsu in the same manner that Sesho is based on the Kihon. One of the important points here is to understand that in order to practice martial arts and stay alive, it is not enough to master Jutsu. We need PO. Technique is necessary; it is the basics of fighting. Yet, Dr. Hatsumi Sensei teaches us to be poets and choreographers: in other words, to be creators. Creators make free and fresh use of their resources. This is PO. In Ninjutsu there is Kihon and there are techniques, but those who master Ju Po Sesho go beyond Kihon and techniques. They make free, creative and unexpected use of everything available in the situation to achieve the best results possible from the Sesho process. Dr. Hatsumi Sensei instructs us that fighting with the intention to perform a technique is very dangerous. Ninjutsu students that understand Hatsumi Sensei's way in their body are like Jazz musicians. Each time they play a little bit different. They improvise and create something new each moment. But their improvisations are based on a very deep and wide foundation in music.
SESHO means negotiation. First, it is important to stress the human aspect as essential part of our training and living. In Ninjutsu we acknowledge the self-value of each person, even if he or she are bitter rivals. We don't act because of negative feelings, hatred, or by decreasing the value of others.