October 22, 2018

Using Tools

Human beings are not the strongest, fastest, toughest or longest living species on this planet. How then did we come to be the dominant species. I […]
October 15, 2018

Which Martial Art is Right,(the Best…)

Fairly often I am asked the question above. Or a variation; which martial art should I choose for myself, my child, and so on. The answer […]
October 8, 2018

Moving in Two Directions at the Same Time

When we enter into one of our kata, an attack, or a counter-attack, we strive to move with a core body rotation that allows us to […]
October 1, 2018


What is tameshigiri. How do we practice it and for it, and why do we practice it. Recently Nami ryu had a gathering of the clan […]
September 24, 2018

Brotherhood, and Sisterhood in the Martial Arts

This last weekend I was fortunate to host a gathering of the Nami ryu clan at the River of Life dojo. Please click on the link […]
September 17, 2018

Commutative Locking

Commutative locking is a principle of jujutsu that is integral to the art. A simple demonstration involves taking a finger of you partner and turning it […]
September 10, 2018


Pain is a very important source of information. It tells you when you’ve gone too far. It tells you when you’ve done too much. In that […]
August 20, 2018

Distance and Timing

On many occasions I have seen two practitioners set up for a kata, or drill, one is Uke (uke dashi) one is Tori ( shi achi.) […]
August 13, 2018

Shu – Ha – Ri

In older texts the teachers write of Shu – Ha – Ri. which means ’embracing the kata.’ Further explained the idea is that the student first […]
August 6, 2018

Choosing a Martial Art for Yourself or Your Children

How do you choose the martial art, and martial art school that’s right for you? If you don’t live near a major city, you may not […]