The White Belt

One of the most inspirational moments in martial arts is to see a new person start martial arts. The white belt is clean their uniform is new. Each and every moment each counts for the white belt. After years in the martial arts, I look to the white belts for...

Strength and Compassion in Martial Arts

I have found over the years that martial arts can affect one on a very deep level. When teaching or training in the martial arts one need to be very careful not to hurt anyone with malice. When you live and train with hate or fear in your heart the many problems can...

Kenjutsu part 2

I was training in the park with my training partner and we were studying Kenjutsu. We were using bokkens (wooden swords). My training partner and I moved and changed our body positions to try and gain an advantage over each other. I remember I pulled my sword back...

Ideas for gifts for martial artists

This time of year, there’s no shortage of people in your life that you’re thinking of, that you’d like to do something nice for. That said, there’s also no shortage of stress about finding gift ideas. We’ve got some recommendations below...

Martial Arts and Habits

We live in a great system which provides us with several layers of structure and security. For example we have fresh water, stores for food and police to keep us safe. Very early in life we begin to form habits and ways of living that fit into these structures. Our...

Break free from personal limitations

Martial arts helps people break free from personal imitations. Over the years of studying martial arts I have come across many different systems. At first I was learning the basics of martial arts: punching, kicking, sparring, ground fighting and so forth. I felt, at...