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 […]
July 9, 2018

What Works When You Need It?

There is always talk about what will work in terms of technique when you are in an actual confrontation. Are you techniques going to be too […]
July 2, 2018

Kazushi Walking Drill

Welcome to the River of Life dojo blog. This week I’d like to discuss a drill that James Williams Sensei just added to the ‘on line […]
June 25, 2018

What is Kata, Why is Kata…

The other day a new student remarked that he was unsure about a part of a kata because he didn’t think someone would use the attack […]
June 18, 2018

Taking Note

Between my office and garage I have 24 notebooks that I have filled, over the years, with information regarding different martial arts. I have filled them […]
June 11, 2018


Of the seven virtues of Bushido, Loyalty may be the hardest to contemplate. Blind loyalty can be foolish, yet anything less than complete loyalty is not […]
June 4, 2018


Truthfulness has become such a strained virtue! The media prints stories that are so slanted that they are often false. Politicians lie outright. Worst of all, […]