Reflecting on Back to the Source

Hauteville, Cédric. Back to the Source - Historical European Martial Arts Documentary, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DBmNVHTmNs. In beginning my research into Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), I scoured different resources that would give me a general overview of what HEMA is, how it started, and what is its purpose. When discussing my research with another colleague, they … Continue reading Reflecting on Back to the Source

Reflecting on Aikido Extensions with Bruce Bookman

The following is a reflection of Aikido Journal’s Aikido Extension course, available through their Aikido Journal Academy.   Bruce Bookman’s and Aikido Journal’s Aikido Extensions demonstrates what an aikidoka looks like with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training – a martially rounded aikido practitioner. Demonstrating a myriad of aikido and BJJ techniques using refined aiki concepts and … Continue reading Reflecting on Aikido Extensions with Bruce Bookman

Reflecting on ESPN’s Bruce Lee Documentary, “Be Water”

In watching the newest Bruce Lee documentary by Bao Nguyen on ESPN’s 30 For 30 episode, “Be Water,” there was a reoccurring theme throughout Lee’s life – bridging the gap. For those knowledgeable about Lee’s philosophies, concepts, and principles of Jeet Kune Do, the phrase means to get closer to one’s opponent to execute a … Continue reading Reflecting on ESPN’s Bruce Lee Documentary, “Be Water”