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 […]
January 23, 2018


I have had some discussions with a friend on the merits of, and/or lack of, kata. There are those who have said to me that the […]
December 18, 2017


In this season one’s thoughts turn to giving. In Martial Arts it is better to give than to receive! For this reason we don’t teach defensive […]
December 13, 2017


In Aiki jujutsu we learn to use our balance to take away the balance, kazushi, of our opponent. In order to do this, one must learn […]