Not a warrior. Not a scholar. Not a poet. Just a boy in the woods. Growing, decaying, looking for something to climb.
, the Japanese martial ways, have their origins in the age-old martial spirit of Japan. Through centuries of historical and social change, these forms of traditional culture evolved from combat techniques (jutsu) into ways of self-development (). Seeking the perfect unity of mind and technique, has been refined and cultivated into ways of physical training and… Continue reading What is Budo?: The Budo Charter
What is budo? I use this term more than any other in my blog and have never taken the time to explain it. One day I just threw it out there and expected everyone to immediately realize what a perfect fit it was. Funny thing is, I practiced martial arts for over five years before… Continue reading What is Budo? Part I: Definitions
The other day I participated in a kyudo tournament at my dojo with all of the members from Takaoka City. If I hit two out of the eight arrows, then I could participate in a big Prefectural tournament. I hit zero arrows. Sensei said I can go to the tournament anyway. … That morning was a new… Continue reading Sensei Won’t Let Me Die
A clear body of water moving through another clear body of water. Floating, gliding, being the flow of nebulous movement. Stasis does not exist, but is washed away, spiraled into the next infinite swirl. No stopping, no flexing, no trying, no fighting. Just movement, and that movement is nice. It smells like natural perfume and… Continue reading Liquid Tai Chi Chuan & Kyudo Injuries
Kuribayashi Sensei was great. Kind of a big dude. Not fat at all, but big: broad shoulders. He was taller than me, but maybe not six foot. He’s bald, so it kind of gives him a Mr. Clean kind of aura. Also, his wrists were notable large, which changes a lot when you do techniques with… Continue reading Aikido Seminar in Toyama Part II:
2 days. 4 featured teachers. About 50 participants. The main event of this seminar was a 7th dan (degree blackbelt) named Kuribayashi Takanori (栗林孝典) from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. With him came Oyama Yuuji (小山雄二) a 4th dan. This seems to be the normal case for such seminars, at least in Japan: a main… Continue reading Aikido Seminar in Toyama Part I: Ukemi