Karate

How to Choose a Karate Uniform (Or Gi)

This is a practical post for readers in various parts of their martial arts careers. One question that seems to come up a lot is “what kind of uniform should I get? What the heck is a 12 ounce gi??” People often develop love/hate relationships with different brands of uniforms and different weights of uniforms. Depending on who [...]





Martial Arts

Wabi and Sabi – A Brittle Beauty

In trying to understand the complex mindset and aesthetics of Japanese culture, there are few concepts more critical than Wabi and Sabi. The nature of these terms has driven Japanese artistry and society for centuries, and has caused much confusion and consternation for Westerners. If you study an eastern martial art, especially one that is [...]