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  1. Recognizing Signs of Fraud in the Martial Arts

    Recognizing fraud in the martial arts

    People have suggested that I should write something about how to recognize and deal with martial arts frauds. Living in Japan I have a better understanding of its martial arts and history and in the past I have helped poke holes in the stories of many frauds.

    It is actually rather sad that I have to write this. I went onto the internet to get information about martial arts. I did find some online journals, web sites and other resources ...
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  2. Learn, build, share, repeat.

    by , 09-17-2011 at 11:42 (The Budo Odyssey: Living and Training in Japan)
    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

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  3. The "Professor" Rant



    Having been a long-time practitioner of the martial arts, and keen observer and participant in our community, I have seen titles and rank fads come and go, but one that just grates me is the use of the title of "Professor" in certain arts. What brought on this rant is I just received a call from a gentleman that will be relocating to our area who is interested in training at our dojo. He said that his goal is to be a "Professor" of Jujutsu. I honestly cannot tell ...
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  4. Responsibility Falls upon me...Again

    I suppose I should take this as a compliment. I have been asked to spear head the organization of our tournament enrollment and event planning for the Dojo. I really enjoy helping my Dojo, whether it be holding pads, cleaning the bathroom, giving my Sensei a ride, or tail forging for the Karate camp we are building. I was totally caught off guard when Cara (The Dojo Administrator) told me that her and Sensei needed someone to be the "Tournament and Event Coordinator", and they would like me to ...
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  5. Preventing Child Abuse in the Martial Arts

    Preventing Child Abuse in Martial Arts

    You and your child have just finished a family movie night at home. You made popcorn, with extra butter, drank Root Beer and had a blast watching the latest Karate Kid movie. You smiled as your child jumped off the couch and threw punches and kicks into the air around the living room all the while yelling, “Hi Yah!”

    The next day your child asks, “Can I take Karate, Mom?”

    You pause for a moment before answering. ...
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