On Maki Agi

technique the dojo Jul 13, 2013

There’s two new blocks of concrete hanging around the Dojo right now. Actually, there is going to be quite a few over the next few months as I build by hand each piece of training equipment for Hojo undō. Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese term,...

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Translation of Ninjutsu no Gokui. A Book Review

reviews Jul 10, 2013

Before I get into my thoughts about this book let me just be very clear that the author of this translation, Eric Shahan is a friend and colleague. When I first heard about this project I was super excited as I own an original version of this...

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Tape Whatever Is Broken

culture Jul 06, 2013

The Dōjō is a place you can come to when your life is over crowded. But it's no get away. There is no cold drink cooler, no candy machine, nobody to pat your bottom and tell you how hard you work. It's a Dōjō.

There are no lies here. It's hot as...

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An Embodiment of Teaching Martial Arts

culture May 23, 2013

“Kata is an embodiment of teaching, therefore it should be learned correctly without preconception. Kata is also like a “container,” with which we pass its “contents called Ryuha” from teachers to learners strictly....

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Mario DeMol at Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō

events Dec 06, 2012

A Review of the Kotō Ryū and Jinen Ryū Iai no Maki workshop with Mario DeMol.
Once again, Belgian Dojocho and senior student to Manaka Unsui Sensei visited New York to teach at the Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo. Mario Sensei had just returned to Europe...

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On Kata

technique Oct 24, 2012

There sure is alot of discussion about ‘form.’ It seems that this discussion is really centered around the varying training methods of instructors in the Bujinkan Dojo. I really don’t see instructors from the Jinenkan or the...

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Still pulling sand from my ears

events Aug 01, 2012

“Last weekend I was honored to be able to learn from Adam Mitchell sensei in Milwaukee. I am very impressed with the dedication to this art as presented by Adam Sensei. I know in my heart that he is teaching what was taught to him, and to...

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From Holland to O’Hara’s

events Mar 04, 2012

Review of Rico van Veenendaal’s visit to NY
February 3rd & 4th, 2012: Jinenkan Dōjōchō Rico van Veenendaal from the Mononofu Dōjō in Schiedam, Netherlands visited New York during the first week of August for training and to...

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On Kia

technique Mar 03, 2012

I found this little gem in some old notes today dating back to from May, 2001. It is on Kiai, 気合.

“Today we trained the final techniques of the Naginatajutsu and there was a strong emphasis on the use of specific kiai. The use of this...

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On Tanden

culture Feb 28, 2012

A master of calligraphy, swordsmanship, tea ceremony, martial arts, among other arts, is held in the Japanese tradition to be “acting from tanden“. Following is a segment from an email correspondence I’ve recently had with Unsui...

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