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…

How To Prepare For Your Black Belt Test In The Martial Arts

Now in part two we are going to explore a training syllabus to prepare you for your black belt test. An outline based on the dozens and dozens of test I have participated in as a judge and the many that I have been responsible for giving myself. I want to give you a sneak…

Why Study Kenjutsu?

  In this day and age one often has to ask what value the study of kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship) has in modern day society. Clearly with the advancement in technology the age of the sword is over, and one could even make the case that the age of the gun has also expired. So why…

Kyoketsu Shoge Training

As a historical training tool in the Japanese martial arts and as a starting place we are first going to ask “What is the kyoketsu shoge?” and “What places does such an item have in modern martial arts training?” Kyoketsu shoge movement is “to run in the fields and mountains” and it is from this…