Martial Arts Equipment: Elite Sports and Born Tough

Throughout the field of history, some of the smallest and minute aspects of life get overlooked by the deeds, actions, and legacies many who came before us left behind. In the field of martial arts, material is quietly overlooked, such as the types and styles of uniforms and the quality of training equipment practitioners used … Continue reading Martial Arts Equipment: Elite Sports and Born Tough

Some Thoughts on Cross Training

Cross training. A word that has become more and more popular since the 1990s, but something that has been happening for centuries. Sometimes, instructors are alright with their students doing so, others, not so much. If one goes to a martial arts’ social media enclave, they will find that many practitioners are training in multiple … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Cross Training

Interview with Californian Aikidoka Robert Noha: Aikido’s Spiritual Aspect

Robert Noha began his aikido journey in 1966 and never looked back after finding a lifelong teacher and friend in Robert Nadeau. Under Nadeau’s guidance, Noha began to experience something more than the technical aspects of aikido – he began to see that the spiritual message left by O-Sensei would influence him for the rest … Continue reading Interview with Californian Aikidoka Robert Noha: Aikido’s Spiritual Aspect

The Sensei Conundrum: Shodan to Nidan by George Kirby

The following editorial was submitted by George Kirby. It originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of his monthly newsletter, Kokoro. When a jujitsu student becomes a black belt, it means that they are a “sensei,” a teacher. That is one of the main reasons I will promote a student to shodan: because I feel … Continue reading The Sensei Conundrum: Shodan to Nidan by George Kirby

Interview with Noble Science Academy Founder Michael-Forest Meservy: All About HEMA

Michael-Forest Meservy began training in HEMA in 2001, later founding the Noble Science Academy in 2007, and cofounding the Wiktenauer two years after that. Today, Meservy discusses the fragmented history of HEMA, the scholarship involved in interpreting the sources, and the movement’s future. All images provided by Michael-Forest Meservy. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and … Continue reading Interview with Noble Science Academy Founder Michael-Forest Meservy: All About HEMA