In martial arts the statement, "the key to enlightenment," precedes individual perceptions as to what it takes to achieve it. The issue with this is that most are individual techniques when in general the truth lies in how that person handles life, i.e. Show More Summary
When it comes to historical searches there are a variety of factors that would influence how that history is perceived and it is an individual thing. What is most important is losing any pre-conceived ideas, facts, knowledge, perceptions and current contexts when searching for and analyzing data. Show More Summary
Kumite [ ??? ] sparring or "paired karate kata", in the 1920's, under the leadership of Gichin Funakoshi, a system of elementary sparring was devised. This gradually morphed into modern day competitive match style sparring, i.e. tournament sparring for points. Show More Summary
A good number I think. I appreciate it that 46 people decided to let me know that they stop by once and a while to read my stuff. I really appreciate those folks and especially their comments when given. I am glad about this, thanks...
Mokuso in the west is most often reminiscent of martial arts dojo or training. It goes beyond the martial arts into every day life of Asian's. In particular this term is derived from Japanese influences on martial arts training. Like other such cultural models of Japan it goes way back to the early feudal times with a Zen Buddhism influence. Show More Summary
Hi, All: Any artists out there who can draw I am trying to get a colored drawing of Winnie the Pooh sitting seiza as if in meditation. If you can and are willing contact me by email or comment here. Thanks, Charles
Originally, karate was born from the indigenous system of "Ti or Te or Toudi" of the culture that is Okinawa. Ti or Te means simply "hand." The individualized styles were born of the Japanese influences starting in the 1600's. No one can say definitively why the word hand or empty hand came to be the name used for this system of fighting. Show More Summary
Paradigms of Self-Defense has an awesome post today: "The Wrong Question"
I recently came across a video I found very informative if for no other reason it provided some fundamental information on makiwara training. The Shinken Dojo blog has a video on "Machiwara Undo." This discovery brought out the ideaShow More Summary
As I review many explanations and demonstrations as to why a technique in karate works or does not work, why one way of doing something is better than another I tend to think about how they are testing out that hypothesis. Where I start...Show More Summary
Ahhhh, a very good question and one I will answer with one caveat, it is my theory because there is no proof or historical record to truly answer this question. Here is what I believe: The collection of kata we are required to learn in modern martial arts didn't begin until the mid to late 1900's. Show More Summary
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The character for koshi means, "back; lower back; waist; hips; lumbar region." Gamaku is an Okinawan term, Uchinaguchi or hogan dialect, that refers to the musculature the surrounds the waist and connects the torso to the pelvis. Koshi...Show More Summary
The Okinawan masters of karate pre-1800's taught sanchin kata as it was based culturally on exercises taught by Daruma - China's Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma in Japanese is Daruma. It is about circulating "ki or chi" through the bodies meridian, pathways, of the body. Show More Summary
Some examples of true grit: http://www.corneredcat.com/just-in-case/
The short answer is yes. The short answer is also no. I read a quote at the Classic Budoka blog that I felt was relevant toward finding the answer to my questions, i.e. "One of my (the Classic Budoka's student) students served in military intelligence, and he noted that modern combative training emphasized MMA-style grappling. Show More Summary
I was just provided a photo of three gentlemen and all three, in one place, were wearing a red obi. I guess they all have mastered their system(s). I am not saying they have not but since, in recent years, I have noted a "lot of redShow More Summary
Driven by a circadian clock and this is tied to the "day." These are biological, built-in, rhythms based on a 24 hour period. It is affected by daily rhythms, tidal, weekly, seasonal, and annual rhythms but for this post we are concerned with daily although each daily set of rhythms are also changed by the others. Show More Summary
Last night while reading a good book I came across a quote that spoke volumes to me so I wanted to pass it along. "When asked about it, Harvey called it his Occam's razor theory of combat: The simplest way of kicking someone's ass was usually the correct one." - Harvey, character in "The Ghost Brigades."