Kobudo

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 [...]



Bunkai

What Are Sai Good For Anyway?

As you may know I help the KD team when it comes to matters of traditional martial arts. It’s a great pleasure because I get to answer questions, talk about weapons and stuff…basically the things us martial arts geeks do anyway. Every now and then we get a question that inspires me to dive a little deeper into the matter and explore [...]


Ikigai

2010 – Lived Once, Ichi-Go

As New Years hits we are presented with a bittersweet moment where we reflect on things past and look forward to the future. What was in 2010 will never be again, for better or worse. A significant part of Budo is coming to grips with mortality and learning how to make decisions, and once made moving forward strongly and bravely so as to better [...]


Martial Arts

3 Holiday Wishes

Hey everyone. It’s that holiday time of year, and with it comes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and Robanukah. In honor of each of these fine occasions, I’d like to wish everyone three holiday wishes. Wish #1: May you find a small bit of improvement in your art that galvanizes you to continue. Wish #2: May you balance your [...]