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  1. Karate To Survive in the U.S. in the 21st Century.

    Karate to survive in the U.S. in the 21st Century.

    I decided to write this after considerable thought about Karate, it’s transmission, and survivability in U.S. This is more prevalent now with the advent of MMA and people’s perception of “real world scenarios” or “street self defense.” I could argue that most people have these perceptions wrong, but unfortunately that isn’t going to help get students in the door or help spread the art of karate.
    For some of these suggestions ...

    Updated 03-31-2013 at 13:02 by TonyU

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  2. Nagoya Castle's 43rd Annual Martial Arts Demonstration, May 5th 2012

    by , 05-13-2012 at 02:47 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)


    In the above photograph, Yakumaru Jigen Ryu from Shiga warms up for their part of the demonstration. They also gave an impromptu "hands on" demonstration, letting other participants (including myself) and onlookers practice their style.



    May 5th, 2012 was a lovely Saturday in Nagoya. The overcast, windy and rainy weather that had persisted during the week seemed to call ...

    Updated 05-13-2012 at 05:50 by Mekugi

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  3. The Japanese New Year and the Martial Artist

    by , 12-25-2011 at 01:58 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    The end of the year is a particularly special time of the year for Japan. There are several “cultural” group related events for colleagues, businesses and for groups, including martial arts. Respectively, there are three main types of parties surrounding the New Year: before the New Year, New Years and after the New Year, so to speak. Many smaller dojo in Japan do not have official tests to assign rank. In turn, they use the end of the year as a time to assign rank. That is not saying ...

    Updated 02-26-2012 at 01:34 by Mekugi

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  4. The Reality of Weapons

    Can we really use "unarmed" techniques in self defense?
    My Bujinkan teachers in Japan always stress that this art was built around the reality of weapons. We use them, we train to go against them and even though we do unarmed stuff most of the time, there is always a connection with weapons. This art was not meant to be used at a tournament. And in Japan, a entire class openly carried twin swords.

    I have been thinking of something for a long time and kind of want to throw ...
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  5. My case for a revolver in the 21st century

    I would like to make my case for a style of weapon commonly considered antiquated today, but whose features have not been surpassed.

    The lowly double action revolver. For decades I have advised prospective first-time gun owners to get one as their first handgun and for decades they have instead bought a Kimber .45 or some sort of Glock. These are fine weapons too, but have a greater learning curve and for the average non-LEO have next to no benefits in my opinion.

    Let's ...

    Updated 11-19-2011 at 17:07 by David Craik

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