Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Tengu-no michi, pioneer idea for true return to sources...

The Tengu Way (Tengu-no-michi) is another and new choice of practice of martial arts, amended and adapted to today standards.
Shihan Roland Habersetzer, Hanshi, has been introducing for 12 years in his classical practice of Karatedo concepts and experiences inspired from the handling of modern individual weapons (handgun, stick and police Tonfa), for which he is also a qualified instructor. The result is a practice closely linked to the real world issues, aimed at developing the possibility of responding to the challenges created by new forms of violence and attack. This pioneer concept is actually a genuine return to the sources of the traditional martial art, where the issue was about saving lives, and not a sporting game-entertainment. Only such an approach, regularly updated, may, according to its author, save from oblivion the martial spirit of the ancient masters. “Tenguno-michi” is today a new working direction, thoroughly experimented, in the European Dojo of the international “Budo Research Center – Tengu institute”, an association led by Sensei Habersetzer from Strasbourg, France. More than a new Karate style, after a 50 years progression in the classical Japanese schools, Sensei teaches today a technique integrating thoses of bare hands and armed combats, assorted with a strict code of morale (Ryugi) which forbids its use outside the context of a need for survival. This ethics of no fighting, no suffering, is to his mind the image of what should be the meaning of mastering by a true Budo practitioner. Theoretical approach and practical explanations will be covered by a new book from Sensei Habersetzer in December 2007: “Tengu, my martial way” (Editions Amphora, Paris).