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My fight has always been within

articles blog Nov 17, 2021

It just took some time to learn this.

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others” - Confucius

I spent almost all of my life looking to fight, face some confrontation, defeat an unseen bad guy, to...

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The human body has the same weak points and so does the mind

articles blog Oct 08, 2021
The human body has the same weak points and so does the mind whether a person is standing or on the ground. For a way to practice, once a standing technique has been mastered, you can try using the same technique and the same way of thinking from...
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Shuko, a good way to break your hand

blog Sep 07, 2021
Itto Dori 一刀島. In my last post about this, I mentioned a bit about the shuko, and how I’d challenge any practitioner to do the techniques of the Ukemi Gata as demonstrated in popular videos, etc. good luck.
 
Here, striking with the...
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Only you can understand Budo

articles blog Feb 19, 2021
四拳 波羅蜜 大光明. Many things in Budo can be easily translated, others cannot. It's easy to google, or look at someone else's translation or even have a master brush it for a couple hundred bucks ... But this is just someone else's understanding, their...
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Don't feed the monkey, keep going and expect to break

articles podcast Jun 28, 2020

20 years ago, I had my first training experience with my martial arts teacher, and in this episode I want to share with you some observations that I took from that experience and how it really helped me to understand this saying,

Keep going.

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Nin Tai, Something More than Not Giving Up

articles 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 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...
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Reflections on Giri, our obligational duty as written by Inazo Nitobe

articles culture Apr 15, 2019

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

I’ll be sharing each one...

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Gi, The fundamental difference between right and wrong

articles 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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