I find some of his outlook a little strange.
In the interview he states that we do not do things like practice with a bow and arrow and swords but instead use things like shotguns. Well, I have never used a bow in my Bujinkan training, but no swords?
Today I trained in both drawing a sword and drawing a pistol. I find a lot of lessons from working out with a sword. There is a lot to be learned. Instead of trying to learn from our mistakes, we can learn from other people's mistakes if we look at what they did, taught and go to the heart of the lesson to find new applications of it.
There are arts here in Japan that teach the sword as some sort of exercise to keep a cultural artifact alive. They make it quite clear that their skill has no bearing on modern combat. It can improve you as a person, but it is a rare sword art that seems to care if you will ever have to face real violence and use the skills they train you in. And I do not train with them for that reason.
The Bujinkan tries to learn from history, not be a slave to it. But the typical person watching this clip would think that the Bujinkan has turned its back on all the old weapons because they were useless. I could not disagree more. I do not expect to use a spear in combat, but a lot of what I have learned from spear, stick and sword training has allowed me to figure out the best way to use a shovel and things like that.
I suspect that a better editing of this might give another impression since I know that Malmstrom had a few swords lying around his dojo.
It seems like people have reported great training since Hatsumi-sensei integrated training in armour into the mix. Some people would say that's outdated but that very topic, martial art/style applicability and effectiveness in full combat gear and body armour, has been discussed recently in another part of the MT boards. History can be a great thing as long as you use it to keep going instead of fossilizing. It's definitely interesting to see the differences between how things are portrayed outside of Japan and from inside of Japan.........
A sword, well theres not many two handed cutting instruments out there today
and bows dont translate to firearms.
A stick can translate into any swung object, a spear..maybe a shovel like Don said. A sword, well theres not many two handed cutting instruments out there today and bows dont translate to firearms.