Student Impression of Noble House Kenjutsu Dojo
My introduction to the Noble House Kenjutsu dojo came as a result of my interest in koryu bujutsu and a chance meeting with the sensei, who had begun teaching this unique art to a few of his friends in Edmonton in 1992. I was excited and elated at hearing the schools name and history.
Not only was I to learn that this was indeed the Heart Reflection style, but also that, as Sensei explained, instruction in the art had been reserved for the upper-class samurai. And, as as result of the schools status, its survival was ensured over several centuries.
This art was developed to be taught to samurai who were already skilled swordsmen. Every aspect of the art, in its entirety, was designed and structured with this in mind. The samurai chosen for this honour would learn proper codes of conduct and etiquette, strategies in art of war, and proficiency in all forms of combat with all manner of implements found on the castle grounds and on the battle field.
The Heart Reflection style employs circular motions, rotating movements, and the use of momentum to deliver lightning fast defenses and attacks. Skills in the use of the various weapons the school trains with are not the only requirements. Practitioners must be strong, athletic, flexible, and intelligent. They must possess an unquenchable desire to learn, the perseverance and steadfastness to endure pain and discomfort, and the heart to move past unimaginable thresholds. Anything less would be inadequate and not do the art justice.
After some pleading with Sensei, who seemed somewhat surprised at my exuberance in having encountered what I believed to be a lost art, he accepted me as a student. He probably thought my exuberance would wane by the end of the summer, but neither he nor I could predict that our teacher–student relationship would last twenty years.
Over the years of training in this art I came to realize that the training was not only serving to hone my skills in using weapons of long past, but also training me to be a complete martial artist, and beyond that a human being. The logic behind the art is completely and utterly sound. No mythical and mystical theories are given as an explanation of theory, but only matter of fact and sound principals based in physics and psychology factor in.
In all my years of training, I have not seen one leak in the theory the art offers. Nor have I seen one questionable or unexplainable teaching. There are no extraneous or superfluous movements and techniques. Instead, movements require efficiency, precision, speed, and power and no less than superhuman effort to perform them.
We are very fortunate to have had sensei to instruct us in this art. Throughout the years and in every session, he has given his complete attention and commitment to teaching his students, regardless of how often we have fallen short. He continues to inspire and set the example for us in his teaching to give no less than what he has given to the art. Sensei clearly embodies what he teaches and is a master in the most true sense of the word.
Pasquale Noble House Kenjutsu Dojo student