Could MMA Be Saving Karate?

Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s karate was the hotness. It was just starting to come over from Okinawa and karate fighters were seen as some of the toughest hombres in town. People often spoke of karateka in semi-hushed voices as it was rumored they could punch through boards, shatter skulls, and rip out people’s still [...]

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Happy New Years!

Here’s to 2010! I’d like to wish everybody a happy new year. I hope you and your family are in good health and good spirits. Although I’m not a big resolutions guy, I do make a promise to myself every year to try my best to learn and live the martial way as best I can every day. Although I’m bound to have bad days and [...]


Ikigai Mug Schwag

I hope everyone had a great holiday and is prepping up for The New Year. I wanted to share with you one Christmas present I received that I thought was pretty super cool: My sig. other took this ethereal site known as IkigaiWay and turned it into something tangible. This mug swag is pretty hot and is very high quality. The logo came out really [...]


Christmas Self Defense

Two things occurred to me today: 1. There are only a scant few days left before Christmas. 2. It’s been too long since I last flexed my flawless artistic talent. Today’s post is designed to address both of these issues! Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but sometimes¬† you run into people that are less than jolly. [...]

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Real Aikido in Action

Recently I got to talking about Compassion in the Martial Arts. In my previous post I gave some examples of people expressing their ideas about life protection and compassion, and how those ideas can be misconstrued as weak or inappropriate in the realm of martial arts. Facebook group member Brian Zitzow astutely pointed out that in that article [...]