The Critical Zone by Michael Aloia

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Until they run out of gas. The old adage of perseverance, determination, and fortitude in the eye of overwhelming odds may have its place on the field of play, but when running the risk of burnout from overexposure and improper attention to personal wellness, it can … Continue reading The Critical Zone by Michael Aloia

Interview with Kenshi Jim Nakabara: His Father and Kendo

Jim Nakabara began training kendo at the age of ten under his father, Torataro Nakabara, later earning a yondan in 1977. Today, Nakabara took some time to discuss his father’s contribution to kendo in Southern California. We thank Akira Banchi for his assistance as mediator and Jim Nakabara for providing the images. Martial Arts of … Continue reading Interview with Kenshi Jim Nakabara: His Father and Kendo

Interview with HEMA Instructor Thor Tyrsman: Historical Fencing in College

He says it was fate that brought him to Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). Thor Tyrsman of the Knight’s Blade HEMA Association oversees one of the few college/university-based HEMA clubs and has produced many students that have gone on to assist other schools and even founded their own once they graduated. Tyrsman took some time … Continue reading Interview with HEMA Instructor Thor Tyrsman: Historical Fencing in College

Interview with Kendo Renshi David Yotsuuye: Influential Kenshi in the Pacific Northwest

David Yotsuuye began kendo training while he was a Boy Scout under the tutelage of Rod Omoto, Mas Tanabe, and Yosh Tanabe. Picking the art back up while attending the University of Washington, he has not stopped training since. Today, he currently teaches with Jeff Marsten at Bellevue Kendo Dojo. All images provided by David … Continue reading Interview with Kendo Renshi David Yotsuuye: Influential Kenshi in the Pacific Northwest

Interview with Mordhau Historical Combat Cofounder Brittany Reeves: Her HEMA Journey and the Revival Movement

Brittany Reeves began her Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) journey in 2011 while in Vancouver, Canada. With a degree in Ancient and Medieval History, she cofounded Mordhau Historical Combat with her husband, Kyle Griswold, in the beginning of 2018. There, she is committed in helping guide the new generations of HEMA practitioners. Today, Reeves joins … Continue reading Interview with Mordhau Historical Combat Cofounder Brittany Reeves: Her HEMA Journey and the Revival Movement

Interview with Aikido Shihan Darrell Tangman: Aikido with Akira Tohei and Rodney Grantham

Darrell Tangman began aikido while a student at the University of Illinois, unknowing that the art would become a lifelong pursuit. In 1975, he helped establish Twin Cities Aikido Center, and later Augusta Aikido Club in 1985. Throughout his journey, he has trained with pioneers like Akira Tohei and Rodney Grantham. Today, Tangman discusses training … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Darrell Tangman: Aikido with Akira Tohei and Rodney Grantham

Interview with Fencing Coach Tony Alvarez: Fencing in Middle Pennsylvania

Tony Alvarez began intensively training in fencing in 1999 and soon became certified in saber, epee, and foil. In 2010, Alvarez founded his Carlisle Fencing Club, where he currently teaches. Today, Alvarez joins us in discussing Olympic-style fencing. All images provided by Tony Alvarez. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Hello and welcome Mr. … Continue reading Interview with Fencing Coach Tony Alvarez: Fencing in Middle Pennsylvania

Interview with Longtime Kenshi Howard Babus: Santa Barbara Kendo Dojo

After training aikido for eight years, Howard Babus was immediately hooked when he saw his first kendo session in 1983. He spent many individualized lessons with Mikio Hattanda at the Santa Barbara Kendo Dojo. Babus inherited the school in 2012. Today, Babus talks a little about his kendo journey, Hattanda, and the art in Southern … Continue reading Interview with Longtime Kenshi Howard Babus: Santa Barbara Kendo Dojo

Interview with Las Vegas Kenshi Stefan Locklair: A Kendo Journey from Coast to Coast

Stefan Locklair began kendo at the age of seventeen, gaining multiple perspectives from training in different schools throughout the United States and Japan. He is currently the chief instructor of the Las Vegas Kendo Club and has joined us to discuss his kendo journey. All images provided by Stefan Locklair. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, … Continue reading Interview with Las Vegas Kenshi Stefan Locklair: A Kendo Journey from Coast to Coast