The Most Important Martial Arts Skill

What is the most important skill in the martial arts? What is one of the fundamental training drills that we explore in each class? What drill when practiced as part of a basic routine build increasing skill as you improve in the martial arts? Here is one such foot-work training drill that I believe is…

Learning The Martial Arts: Taiden, Shinden, Kuden

In learning the martial arts there are two sides to the training- that which is in plain view, and that which is hidden- not because it is “secret”, but rather that is just how the transmission is set up. The teacher to student / master to disciple model is in full effect. The first layer…

Yoga Martial Arts Ukemi

So recently in class we have been really drilling ukemi gata- rolling, landing, leaping, and receiving attacks.  Not that we haven’t been practicing them all along as a crucial skill in the martial arts, as they are, and should always be on your practice list regardless of rank or time in training, but when we…

Martial Arts Bojutsu Training

Bojutsu in the Japanese martial arts is the use of the six foot staff in training. As part of one of our traditional training tools, its natural to ask what value the bo staff would have in modern day to day training. As martial artists would we be better taking that time and studying modern…

What A Black Belt Means In The Martial Arts

What is a black belt? What does it represent in the martial arts? In this training guide we are going to take a look at what it represents, the skills it puts in action, and the training tools needed to help you achieve it by passing your upcoming black belt test. In the now twenty…

Zanshin In The Martial Arts

Zanshin- awareness in movement is an important concept in the martial arts. It is something we want to work on cultivating in each class and training session, but what is the first step? The interesting thing about learning the martial arts is that it is not an academic study- one becomes aware of the concept,…

Joining The Best Martial Arts School

So you are ready to get started in the martial arts? Ready to begin your journey of self-discover and mastery? The excitement is there, and we certainly want to build on that, but how does one connect with the best martial art that aligns with your goals? Let’s explore a few of those ideas in…

Practicing Martial Arts At Home

In this post I wanted to share with you what martial arts practice and training at home looks like for our group. It would be easy to think that the learning the martial arts happens in class with your teacher or coach- and it does to a certain extend, but most of the real “learning”…

Martial Arts Ukemi Taihenjutsu

On a practical level (goshinjutsu) ukemi is covers the skill set of rolling on the ground, taking break-falls, and ways of landing and falling on the ground without getting hurt. Forward, side, and back rolls. Forward and side drops. Flowing and dropping. Ukemi is a very practical skill and part of the kihon (foundation martial…

Learning Ninjutsu

Putting aside the definition of Ninjutsu for a moment, the main question is how does one learn ninjutsu? As Westerners studying this topic I feel that we are at a great disadvantage, one the needs to be realized and accounted for before we can even attempt to learn ninjutsu/ninpo. Our entire learning model is at…