Once protected by a handful of experts, karate and the kata within are now “owned” by millions of people across the globe. Through this diversity and the advent of technologies such as YouTube, we can see more variations on traditional kata than ever before. Despite our many different backgrounds and lifestyles, kata is still kata. [...]
I’ve been running into this concept of Combat Tai Chi a lot lately. First, I read an interesting post over at Formosa Neijia discussing an obsession people are developing with the combat applications of Tai Chi. Dave Chesser makes an argument that Tai Chi shouldn’t be thought of in the same context as marine combat. I also [...]
Continuing from Part 1 of the Nicklaus Suino Interview: MA: When you visit Japan these days, do you return to Yamaguchi Sensei’s old dojo, or do you travel around to different locations (or perhaps both)? NS: Yamaguchi-Sensei passed away in 2006 and his dojo is actually no more. When I visit Japan, I train in iaido with a few of his [...]
Welcome to a special interview with Nicklaus Suino. Suino Sensei has been kind enough to share some of his story with us and offer up great insights into the world of iaido, kenjutsu, and budo. Iaido is the ancient Japanese art of sword drawing and is renowned for its high level of difficulty. Kenjutsu, iaido’s sister art, is the actual [...]
Hey all, I just wanted to mention that I have a special post coming out tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about it (and hopefully you’ll find it enjoyable!). Check back in with me. In the meantime, here is your ‘karate ouch’ for the day. Please cringe where necessary.