I’m always obsessed with understanding the name of a gata. I believe the name can often provide insight into the intention of the form, or describe the proper movement.
All parents care about helping their child grow into a happy and responsible adult. However, that can be easier said than done. The Battle Against Negative Influence As a parent, you’re
Few groups in history are as iconic as the Ninja of Japan. The word itself conjures images of black clad silent assassins that seem capable of impossible feats. Their mystery
Studying Koryu (lit. "Old School") arts are more about gaining trust of the teacher rather than developing skill per se. Most of what is in a Koryu art is kept
For many of us interested in Martial Arts, part of the allure is belonging to an exclusive group. Martial Artists hone their body and mind through physical challenge and dedication.
While there are countless ways to catagorize martial arts in general, Japanese martial arts typically fall within two distinct catagories based on age: Koryu Bujutsu and Gendai Budo. Koryu vs Gendai Literally
The other night I was at a get together for a friend's birthday. While there, one of my long time friends brought up that he was thinking of getting a
I have to confess: I haven't been the best teacher. I rarely do the Sanshin in class. I figured it was super simple, and takes away the precious time we
As we mention in our article Shuhari, there is a Japanese philosophy to studying a craft. However, this philosophy describes the process of learning, but not necessarily gives direction. In