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 secret from the majority of practitioners, with the most sensitive or secretive information reserved the most dedicated and trusted students. Keeping Koryu Secret Martial Arts […]
So you want to study a martial art. Awesome! Studying Budo offers many benefits and is one of the most enriching experiences you can undertake. But with so many, which one to choose? And how do you know which art is right for you? And once you figure out which is the right martial art, […]
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. It builds confidence in ourselves. It sets us apart. It makes us unique. However, there are those who wish to utilize the mystique of a […]
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 translating to “Old School”, a Koryu is any martial arts system whose founding predates the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The Meiji Restoration is […]
Sometimes I’m shocked at the shear ego and hubris of Martial Artists. Especially since letting go of ego is such a huge part of Japanese Budo. But some people, talented or not, are completely wrapped up in themselves. And my recent exchange might take the cake. I’m not here to publicly shame anyone, but rather […]
There is no shortage of Martial Arts from across the world that deal with throwing and maneuvering a person. While we will touch upon a variety of arts, we will be focusing on Japanese Grappling Arts in particular (it’s kind of our thing). The Oldest Form of Combat The art of grappling as a sport […]
The other day we had a guest in class who happened to be Japanese. He spends lots of time with his family in Japan and so is fluent. I always like to talk with native speakers since it helps me improve my Japanese which is…well…less than perfect. But I try to incorporate as much Japanese […]
Today will be two years since I started the adventure that is being a Martial Arts school owner. Milestones such as these are an opportunity to take stock and reflect the journey behind as we look forward to continue to create our path into the horizon. I can honestly say that this journey has thus far been […]
MMA is Older than You Think Many consider MMA as a revolution in Martial Arts – the concept of studying different things simultaneously. And while MMA as a Sport is a recent development, the mixing of Arts is much older. As units of Ninja and Samurai worked along side each other, certain ideas and concepts […]
The Potential Dangers of Martial Arts Contracts The other day, my neighbor was asking about my Martial Arts School, and during that conversation came up the subject of contracts. Turns out, she used to sell gym contracts, and said she never liked to sell them. “I would say how much money it would save them, […]
Japanese Martial Arts and Kanji: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of the Technique Japanese language can be confusing – it’s different than the English we speak in many ways. This means understanding certain things can be challenging and ambiguous when studying a Japanese Martial Art. Ambiguity and Context The English language is a very difficult language […]
It still feels odd to consider myself a Martial Arts Instructor or to be referred to as a Sensei. It feels…undeserved. I consider myself a student first, since there is so much I need to learn. But the events of the past year have thrust me into this position, and have forced me to learn […]
Now normally, when we think of sports as being related to martial arts, Tennis is not the first to leap to mind. Yet the other day, I had the opportunity to take a lesson from my uncle, Dick Wagner, who is a former Tennis pro. Pretty soon into the lesson, I started noticing similarities between things my uncle Dick said, and things that Soke talks about when we train in Japan, as well as aspects of learning tennis itself. And by taking a Tennis lesson, I was able to gain some insight into our martial arts training. So here are some thoughts on the connection between two seemingly unrelated activities.
The format of Martial Arts Classes can vary quite dramatically depending on the Martial Art, and the teacher. Depending on what you’re looking for, you may find one class format suits your goals better than another. As a traditional dojo, our martial arts classes follow the format you would normally see while training in Japan. […]
What exactly makes a Martial Art? There are thousand of different styles of Martial Arts – some studied for hundreds of years, and some being created right now. So what qualifies as a Martial Art and what do they have to offer? Defining Martial Arts The term Martial Art doesn’t come from the east, but […]
Japanese Martial Arts are just one of the many types of martial arts available. Teaching a Japanese Martial Art entails exposing students to Japan’s culture as well, since it heavily influences the method of training.
In my last trip to Japan, Soke Hatsumi talked about the concept of “letting go”. He was specifically referencing when to let go of a technique when it has fulfilled it’s usefulness, or when the situation changes. He said that it was important to remain free to let go in order to succeed. But like so many of his lessons, it applies to much more than martial arts.
Shuhari – “Preserve, Break, Leave”
There are considered 3 phases of training in Bujinkan Ninjutsu (and most Japanese Martial Arts) – “Shu, Ha & Ri”. These phases focus on what the intention and the approach of the student should be towards their training at a particular level.