Samurai no Kokoroe
Live without regrets, ( Koto ni oite kokaisezu )
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 ...Continue Reading →
“Thus, the aim of practice is not to develop an attitude which allows a person to acquire a state of harmony and peace wherein nothing can ever trouble him/her. On the contrary, … it should enable him/her to dare to let go futile hankering after harmony, sure ease of pain, and a comfortable life in order that he/she may discover, in doing battle with the forces that oppose him/her, that ...Continue Reading →
As martial artists it is very important to lead a purposeful and driven life. The main question in the martial arts is that of “why”? You must find your “Why” so that you can then plan your How! This concept may seem very sensible and one would think that common sense would prevail; however after many years in the martial arts training I find so many martial artist who when asked the question ...Continue Reading →
Ukemi the Art of Falling!
Ukemi the “Art of Falling” is one of the most focused on skill sets of Japanese Martial Arts. In the beginning the topic is solely based on teaching a new student to roll forwards and backwards and the lesson plan is kept to very simplistic terms. But truly understanding Ukemi is a true art form in and of itself. Ukemi is the skill which teaches us a far greater understanding of martial arts. How ...Continue Reading →
Traditional Japanese Martial Arts Mesa Arizona
What is a Warrior?
In his book, The Bushido Shinshoshu, Taira Shigesuke speaks of the warrior life and what it was to be, Samurai. Shigesuke opens his book with a comment on education.
He makes an observation where he states that in an era of war, it was not unusual for a warrior to fight his first battle as young as 15. In those times that was normal. In a period of war, a ...Continue Reading →