November 5, 2018

What you see is not, necessarily, what you get…

“All warfare is based on deception.”  So said Sun Tzu In The Art of War. This is particularly important in our martial art.  It is often, […]
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 […]