How to Avoid Question Paranoia

There’s nothing more valuable to a martial arts teacher than good questions. When someone asks me a great one (and even shows the patience to listen to my answer) it just makes my day. When I have some insight to a question, I enjoy sharing relevant stories and details that I think might help the student’s progress. When I’m [...]


Capturing a Moment of Simplicity

Monday was suspiciously nice outside. For those of us in the Northeastern U.S., warm weather has only visited once or twice in the last five months. Therefore, it was with great trepidation that I took a step outside in order to get the mail a block away. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be t-shirt weather, with a slight breeze and [...]


A Note About Kama Wrapping

As I mentioned in the previous video, kama come in many shapes and forms. One thing I didn’t mention though is the matter of kama wrapping. Take a look at these traditional kama: You’ll notice that all of these kama feature wrapping up around the top of the handle. This style is pervasive in classical kobudo but has fallen out [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]