Many Pieces of Paper

technique Feb 25, 2012

While training Gyokko Ryū with Sensei and my colleagues, he stopped our lesson briefly to explain that your movement “should be like many pieces of paper having the same thickness as one.” Without seeing his body language while...

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Is This a Grey Hair?

culture Feb 08, 2012

By Brian Vaughan, 3rd Dan (photo above, teaching jojutsu)

Both words, with a minimum of verbiage, epitomize how I have led my life and my approach to martial arts. The first, Shoshin, a beginners heart…to main­tain a simplicity of...

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Tora no Maki

technique Feb 01, 2012

真剣型体術
Sensei began by explaining that the Shinken Gata followed the same kata sequence as the Kukishinden Ryu with the exception of added kata at each level. The distinguishing differences between the Kukishinden Ryū Dakentaijutsu and the Tora no...

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Your movement is just Kyu and Kyo

Uncategorized Nov 14, 2011

“At the very least I want to see you relaxing, but also the correct tachi-suji, not like bo-furi.”

Keiko isn’t about using strength or unnecessary power, especially within your arms. Keiko is about relaxing and allowing your...

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Mario DeMol, Koto Ryu Workshop Review

events Jun 19, 2010

“This is why I study what I study.”

My hakama was ripped to shreds on Friday and my dogi was torn today. As we approached the final hour of training under the senior European student of Unsui Sensei’s, the thought occurred to me...

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