Nin Tai, Something More than Not Giving Up

articles podcast Feb 24, 2020
 

About 15 years ago, I was at a martial arts seminar in Virginia that Manaka Sensei  was teaching. 

Following the seminar, the host kindly invited us back to his house for a small party, barbecue and a get together....
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Testing Expectations, What's Beyond the Curriculum

articles blog podcast Jan 15, 2020
 
 
 
We just completed a new cycle of rank testing here at the Dojo, and I gotta tell you ... there's some blood on the floor. Well not really, but metaphorically.
 
A lot of students just didn't make it through...
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Reflections on Giri, our obligational duty as written by Inazo Nitobe

articles culture podcast Apr 15, 2019

 

I want to continue the discussion about the fundamental difference between right and wrong. If you listened to the first episode, we talked about Bushido The Soul of Japan, written by Inazō Nitobe.

I’ll be sharing each...

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Gi, The fundamental difference between right and wrong

articles podcast Apr 07, 2019

 

 

Much of how I teach is centered around topics that I first present to the children’s class, and then I kind of carry that same sentiment throughout into my evening class making it more contextual for the adult students.

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First Training of 2019, Hastu Keiko

events Jan 03, 2019

On January 1, 2019 at 5:30 a.m., the first class of the new year bowed in and training began. The topic was centered on the Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu kata, Hiryu. 

Following, the tradition of cutting tatami as the new sun began to take over the...

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Adam Mitchell receives Rokkudan from Unsui Sensei

announcments Nov 10, 2018

During the 2018 Tokubetsu no Keiko, (special training) at the Jinenkan Honbu Dojo attended by instructors from around the world, Adam Mitchell received promotion to Rokkudan, 6th degree, by Unsui Sensei. 

As well, Mario DeMol, Jinenkan...

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Nanpa Aruki: Or How To Hack Walking To Be More Efficient

historical Aug 07, 2017

Written by koichi

Hate to break it to you normal-walker, but the way you’re walking right now is inefficient, ridiculous, and just plain wrong. You know how you’re overly moving your hips and twisting your body like a pretzel,...

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Otonashi no Kamae, 音無しの構

technique Jul 21, 2017

While training the The Hanbōjutsu of Kukishin Ryū in Japan during the Spring of 2008, Unsui Sensei explained to me the use of otonashi no kamae.

His lesson was premised on the principle of “be an easy target for your opponent.” But the...

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A Brief History of the Kusari Fundo

historical Nov 04, 2016

The history of the kusarifundo is quite fascinating. The weapon was developed by the head sentry of Edo castle in the early eighteenth century to disarm and subdue criminals without bloodshed inside castle grounds.

The shedding of blood during...

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On Nure Ochiba 濡れ落ち葉

culture Aug 10, 2016

I got off the train from Kashiwa and rode one of the clunker bicycles back to the Dojo. Actually, they’re not really clunkers, in fact they’re respected machines that provide transportation to students who visit the Dojo from all over...

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