Karate

IkigaiWay Moving to Colorado!

Thanks for dropping in! I've got some interesting news – IkigaiWay will be moving to Colorado. Actually…the website is staying right here but I will be moving. This is a big change for me as I am a born and bred Pennsylvanian. I've visited Colorado multiple times, but planning the full time move has been a complex and educational [...]



Kobudo

Kobudo Quiz Challenge!

It's time for another quiz! Awhile ago I laid down the first karate challenge, which offered an assortment of history, technique, and theory. Now it's time for weapons. Kobudo is the name for the diverse weapon set developed on Okinawa, but occassionally relates to the old weapons of Japan as well. These two countries crossed paths [...]



Historical

Walking the Beat with Okinawan Police

Okinawa is beautiful and it's people well-mannered, but even they are not protected from the realities of violence. Throughout it's history Okinawa has been the stage for many conflicts and power plays, the two most notable being the Satsuma Invasion of 1609 and the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. During those times a great amount of combat [...]