Tribute to Nakazato Joen

Sad news out of Okinawa – Nakazato Joen Sensei has passed away. This information was revealed through the apt reporting of Mario McKenna who also provided a link back to the original Okinawan article. Nakazato Sensei was Hanshi Judan of Ryukyu Shorinji Ryu Karatedo. He was also one of the most prominent students of the renowned karate [...]


Deep Simplicity in Martial Arts

How do you go about exploring an art fully without getting lost in it? One of the most important elements of any martial art is being able to use it effectively at a moment’s notice. The techniques and methods of the art must be simple enough to ingrain in muscle memory for use when adrenaline pumps and mental decision making could be [...]


7 Questions to Enhance Your Bunkai

Without bunkai (applications), kata is little more than pre-arranged dancing. The hands can be flowing in exciting and vibrant ways but if we never discover the meaning of the motion then our time would be much better spent hitting a heavy bag or sparring. Bunkai is the key to developing useful and effective techniques preserved for us by [...]


Like Fighting at Night

I’d like to share a story given by Bill Hayes Sensei. Pardon any paraphrasing. ***************************************************** One time Hayes Sensei was training with his instructor Eizo Shimabukuro on the kata Passai. This kata is known for its power generation and its sweeping motions that feel for the opponent and almost reach [...]