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. [...]

Martial Arts

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 [...]

Martial Arts

Community Giveaway II Results!

It’s my pleasure to bring Christmas a little early for the readers of Ikigaiway.com. If you recall, I initiated a giveaway contest about a month ago. The point of which was very simply to thank all the readers and people that stop by, leave comments, and add their insight into the topics covered here. During these giveaways I am always [...]


Gojushiho Every Day

Neurologists and psychologists suggest that the human brain is designed to pick up on patterns. This tendency helps us make sense of the space around us, and the world in general. It’s also how we arrive at many superstitions and decisions. I buy what the psychologists are selling there. In fact, I like noticing when this phenomena is [...]