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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
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 00:34 by Mekugi
For a lot of people, a few hours a week is good enough for martial arts practice and really that is all that they need. Yet, if one practices outside of normal classes and keep a regular routine of training away from the dojo, it may be surprising how much improvement can be made with a minimal effort. That being said, if one can get a training partner to join up with them only good things can come of it as it motives both parties. For many this is not an option so they usually start out working
Being a mat rat, a dojo doorstop, a martial arts monkey or a budo nerd takes a lot out of you. You spend most of your free time at the dojo, most of your holidays thinking about budo and doing it on your own, taking notes, re-writing those notes, then tearing the note page out as you realize your notes were wrong. Then re-writing it again, looking for that old note page because there was some good stuff in there and you tore it out and threw it away in a moment of frustration and haste. It's a
Updated 09-17-2011 at 13:53 by Mekugi
Three weeks ago I was getting ready to go home after training at a gym in central Nagoya. They have two dojo there, a Judojo and a Kendojo, that night my group was using the Judojo. I have been going there for the past 8 years and there are several groups using the same space. I know most of them by face as they do me, so there is a connection of mutual respect and acknowledgment in one another. We all get along.
There was a new guy at the gym who had taken up roost in middle of three competition
Updated 07-23-2011 at 01:56 by Mekugi