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 [...]

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A Bronx Tale…Of Street Self Defense

This is another story from the IKKF 2010 Annual Training. One of the guest instructors at our training was a gentleman named Miguel Ibarra. Ibarra Sensei studies and teaches aikijujutsu and has a dojo based out of Bronx, New York. Ibarra Sensei has been a probation officer in The Bronx for decades (now retired) and has what you might call [...]