April 30, 2018


Courtesy in the code of bushido begins and ends every session in Martial Arts. The classes begin and end with a “rie” to the kami za […]
April 23, 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, […]
April 17, 2018


The next virtue of Bushido is courage. This can be as simple as living life fully and not letting the little annoyances of everyday life turn […]
April 2, 2018


Last week I wrote about one of the seven virtues of bushido. I’d like to continue in that direction. Another virtue is honor. Honor can be […]
March 26, 2018

The Seven Virtues of Bushido

The modern hakama, the riding pants worn by many martial arts practitioners has seven pleats. This is to remind the wearer of the seven virtues of […]
March 13, 2018

Motion and Stillness as One

The concept of Motion and Stillness as one can seem perplexing at first consideration. An object in space is either still, or moving. A still object […]
February 19, 2018


Many articles on self defense talk about one’s posture. Someone who walks with confidence and looks healthy is less likely to appear to be an easy […]
February 12, 2018

The Void

What is the void, and how do we use it? When you take your opponents kazushi, balance, you do it by relaxation. When you are attacked […]
February 5, 2018

The Practice Session

If one wishes to become proficient in a Martial Art, one must be willing to practice. In a normal class the instructor will show, work with, […]
January 29, 2018

The Proper Placement

When one utilizes a technique in randori, it is important to visualize where the technique will go. By this I mean: each various throw has a […]