The Perpetual Need For Self Defense

**I'd like to send some initial credit to Kris Wilder at The Striking Post for exposing me to the video in this post. He and I share some...

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....

Bring Your Deepest Concerns

Have you ever been brought to a standstill during your training by worry and doubt? Have you ever thought to yourself "ohh no, I've found...

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...

How is Your Kata Reading Going?

Over the weekend I had a chance to study with Bill Hayes Sensei, a senior student of Eizo Shimabukuro. Whenever I get an opportunity to...

Warning: Technique Overload

The funny thing about technique is that it can be very alluring. Martial arts inspire great leaps of imagination and originality. So much...

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