Kata Tip: Look Before You Leap

Kata is very energetic. Once you get on a role, it can feel like an avalanche of focus and momentum.  In some ways, that’s good. It means that the form has been learned and you no longer need to pause, scratch your head, and try desperately to remember what comes next. Unfortunately, that same momentum can carry you away and cause you to [...]


A Subtle Technique to Maintain Readiness

I recently moved into a new apartment, and with that has come a host of new sights, sounds, and experiences. If you live in one house long enough, you become accustomed to that place’s personality. Creeks, cracks, and groans become almost imperceptible parts of your daily life. However, when you move somewhere new, each sound is noteworthy [...]


Ensnaring Tactics with the Nunti

I’d like to share a video exploring the basic ensnaring tactics of the nunti. Within Okinawan kobudo the nunti (or nunte) is a lesser known weapon, but extremely effective. It was the best alternative to a classic spear (which would have raised eyebrows under the weapons bans) and had the added benefits of two manji yoko, which I will [...]