Do All Martial Artists Love Violence?

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I don’t get off on hurting others. They’re also skeptical when I say they don’t need to love violence to join a martial art. In conversation I never debate if martial arts are violent (they are) or if there are violent martial artists (there are). Instead I suggest that [...]


“Takishugyo” at Glen Onoko Falls

Last weekend I had the opportunity to hike the Glen Onoko Falls Trail with my GF FoxyCitrus. Onoko Falls is located in the charming little town of Jim Thorpe, named after the famous multi-talented athlete. The thing that makes this hike so special is the level of difficulty and, of course, the water. As opposed to most trails that have very [...]


So Long, and Thanks for Blocking!

The quickest way to get hit by a good fighter is to block them. Can you visualize what happened just a moment before this picture was snapped? The leftside downward block should give you a big clue. The kicker sold the defender completely on a low technique – probably snapping a front kick before rolling right into a high roundhouse. [...]


Kama – The Sickle of Okinawan Kobudo

Okinawan Kobudo has a diverse array of weapons. Gathered from everyday farming implements (but sometimes not really, shhhh), the Okinawans developed an impressive life protection system through armed combat. The kama, or sickle, is one of the fierce and intimidating weapons they developed. As you probably already guessed, the kama were used [...]