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 […]
July 30, 2018

When to Use Your Martial Arts

When should you use your martial arts training in an altercation? This is a serious consideration and deserves some deep thought. First, I would say that […]
July 23, 2018

Moving from Art to Art

Many years ago Bruce Lee wrote that you should take what is useful and disregard the rest. People have taken that to menan that you should […]
July 16, 2018

The Root of the Martial Arts Tree

The root of the Martial Arts tree is grappling. Learning to be comfortable on the ground and have a clear knowledge of, at least, the basics […]