Budo and Experimentation

The Japanese martial arts, for the most part, adhere and follow the overarching philosophy of budo. Budo, or Martial Way, strives to develop the practitioner into a polite, courteous, and productive member of society. Traditionally and within this budo philosophy, many instructors place their students through the rote practice of mental, physical, and spiritual techniques … Continue reading Budo and Experimentation

Does Tradition Create An Obstacle and Prevent An Art From Growing? By Michael Aloia

It is not uncommon to hear the sentiment expressed, "training for the sake of tradition." Such a comment is often professed when there may not be a clear-cut answer or reason as to why things are as they are. More often, in response to a question from a student as to why we are doing … Continue reading Does Tradition Create An Obstacle and Prevent An Art From Growing? By Michael Aloia

Finding an Uke: It’s Not What You Do, But How You Do by It? by George Kirby

The following editorial was submitted by George Kirby. It originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of his monthly newsletter, Kokoro. Finding and retaining uke can be a serious problem for everyone who really wants to learn a martial art. Regardless of art you ultimately need a workout partner. Getting an uke, especially on a … Continue reading Finding an Uke: It’s Not What You Do, But How You Do by It? by George Kirby

Martial Arts and Police Training: Where Do They Intersect? Part II

Originally written for an American History course during my graduate career, the following is the second part of a study that describes how continued martial arts training within the American police force can help better prepare officers for the situations that await them. This is the second part of a two part article. Read the … Continue reading Martial Arts and Police Training: Where Do They Intersect? Part II

Martial Arts and Police Training: Where Do They Intersect? Part I

Originally written for an American History course during my graduate career, the following is the first part of a study that describes how continued martial arts training within the American police force can help better prepare officers for the situations that await them. This is the first part of a two part article. Read the … Continue reading Martial Arts and Police Training: Where Do They Intersect? Part I

More Than Just Falling: The Art of Self-Preservation

A short piece discussing the concept and the practice of ukemi, usually translated or defined as "the art of falling." Here, we try to look past this surface definition or translation. This originally appeared in jujitsu pioneer Geroge Kirby's Kokoro newsletter in March 2019 issue.   In the traditional Japanese martial arts, many practitioners learn that … Continue reading More Than Just Falling: The Art of Self-Preservation

Interview with Kenpo Karate Instructor and Author Irvin Gill Part II

This is the second part of a two-part interview with Irvin Gill. Read the first part here.  Irvin Gill Sensei began training in the Tracy System of American Kenpo in 1990 and has been teaching since 1994. After almost thirty years of training in American Kenpo, he recently published his book, American Kenpo Karate: The … Continue reading Interview with Kenpo Karate Instructor and Author Irvin Gill Part II