Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 6

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Bushin Ryu

Lesson 6

 

Live without regrets, ( Koto ni oite kokaisezu )

This is a double edged admonition.
First, do not wallow in regret. Take responsibility for your actions and your mistakes, learn from them. Then put them behind you. Accept the fact that the past cannot be undone, find something of value from your ...
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Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 5

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Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 5

Warrior Ways

Don’t make an enemy of yourself. (Mizu kara teki o tsukuranai koto)

Don’t be your own worst enemy. Jealousy, greed, envy, self pitty will all ensure you have plenty of obstacles if you try to accomplish something worthwhile in your life. If you treat people with respect and compassion you won’t add to the ...
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Ukemi and More Ukemi

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Ukemi and More Ukemi!

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I have written before about the value of ukemi in terms of the practice side of Bushin Ryu. If the attack is insincere or poorly executed, we are giving our training partners very little to work with. And unlike most every other martial art out there, we cannot rise above the skill of our best partners. If we ...

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Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 4

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Precepts of the Samurai Lesson 4 – (Kankyo ni sayu sarenai tsuyoi shinnen o motsu koto)

Lesson 4 – Hold strong convictions that cannot be altered by your circumstances. (Kankyo ni sayu sarenai tsuyoi shinnen o motsu koto)

This is a personal one for me.

I personally have had the privilege of serving in the US Army. I’ve served ...

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Bushin Ryu

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Bushin Ryu

I have been thinking a bit lately about how unique the Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu system is. I have trained for short periods of time at a number of different dojos over the years, and the one universal truth I found was that each style of martial arts portrayed itself as a “complete” art – a set ...

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Indomitable Will

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Indomitable Will

When I was young, I had the privilege of attending a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. The key note speaker and guest of honor was the legendary, Muhammad Ali. At that time public speaking was difficult for him, but I will never forget it. It was a defining moment in my life. Ali spoke about his career as a professional ...
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To Talk or Not to Talk – A lesson in Traditional Martial Arts

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To Talk or Not to Talk…

 

A lesson in Dojo Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette

It’s so tempting to stop and talk, isn’t it?  When you are working on a technique and your partner is making what you consider to be a mistake, or perhaps you are having the difficulty and can’t seem to replicate what you think you saw Kaiso do. What should you do?

Our usual solution is to stop and have ...

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