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The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan

More than you wanted to know about living and training in Japan. Un-filtered, unedited and purely my opinion

  1. Visiting a Dojo in Japan

    by , 02-19-2011 at 22:46 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    Every year hundreds (if not thousands) of people travel to Japan in search of martial arts training. They put up a great deal of money to do so and go through great efforts to "do it for real" and take a taste of the budo culture home with them. Everyone has different reasons for doing it: some are coming over to expand on the martial art they practice; others are trying to make contacts and start anew in an art; some are just wanting to try something new and see what becomes of it.

    Updated 02-20-2011 at 02:23 by Mekugi

    Tags: dojo, etiquette
  2. The sports centers, kendojo, judojo and Budokan!

    by , 01-29-2011 at 21:24 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    One thing that is interesting about Japan is that they have public "sports centers". These are public facilities, run by the "government" and entry is usually only a charge of a few hundred yen for entrance, depending on the facility (the amount of time is also varied, but usually not too expensive). They usually have pools, tracks, weight rooms, running machines, basketball courts, tennis courts and the like. Many of them have also feature a wooden floor "kendo dojo" and "judo dojo" that anyone ...
  3. The Arrogance of Sado (tea ceremony)

    by , 10-10-2010 at 01:37 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    First things first:
    I have nothing against people practicing tea ceremony (Sado or Chado) or against making tea. I am fond of green tea now that I have acquired a taste for it, so allow me to put any murmuring to rest immediately. I have attended sado and watched otomae several times, whether I liked it or not, and personally I believe it takes a lot of skill and discipline to be accomplished at it. Perhaps, Sado is one of the toughest arts around and truly, hats off to those that undertake ...

    Updated 10-11-2010 at 05:57 by Mekugi

  4. The Kurama Yoshin Ryu Blog Entry (Expanding and Changing)

    by , 09-25-2010 at 06:04 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    So, I am putting up some of the information I have on Kurama Yoshin Ryu, a school that is still practiced down near Kyushu. This entry will hopefully change as I sort things out and get a clearer interpretation of things down the line.

    Here goes:


    Kurama Yoshin Ryu is a composite martial art school which consists of Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Hojojutsu and Ninjutsu among other arts. It also seems to have (or had) auxiliary schools.


    Updated 10-01-2010 at 08:25 by Mekugi

  5. That is not a wooden sword, that's just a stick!

    by , 09-22-2010 at 23:32 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    There is an art to crafting a finely made wooden sword (hereafter called a bokuto) in the Japanese style. The process is very involved, from wood cure and selection, to milling, shaping and then fine tuning it to the proper dimensions specific to the school (ryuha) for which it is made for. Not surprisingly this process has has been sped up significantly with modern tools and technology making them much easier to craft. Myself, being one familiar with woodworking in Japan, being a member of a Japanese ...

    Updated 09-25-2010 at 23:28 by Mekugi

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