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Reflections on Giri, our obligational duty as written by Inazo Nitobe articles culture Apr 15, 2019

I want to continue the discussion about the fundamental difference between right and wrong. If you read the previous article, we talked about Bushido The Soul of Japan, written by Inazō Nitobe.

I’ll be sharing each one of the (8) tenets that Nitobe presents as the tenets of...

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Gi, The fundamental difference between right and wrong articles Apr 07, 2019
 Much of how I teach is centered around topics that I first present to the children’s class, and then I kind of carry that same sentiment throughout into my evening class making it more contextual for the adult students.

 

So, for example, right now we’ve begun a whole...

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First Training of 2019, Hastu Keiko events Jan 03, 2019

On January 1, 2019 at 5:30 a.m., the first class of the new year bowed in and training began. The topic was centered on the Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu kata, Hiryu. 

Following, the tradition of cutting tatami as the new sun began to take over the darkness of early morning. 

Enjoy these images...

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Adam Mitchell receives Rokkudan from Unsui Sensei announcments Nov 10, 2018

During the 2018 Tokubetsu no Keiko, (special training) at the Jinenkan Honbu Dojo attended by instructors from around the world, Adam Mitchell received promotion to Rokkudan, 6th degree, by Unsui Sensei. 

As well, Mario DeMol, Jinenkan Kounryusui Dojo (Belgium) received Nanadan, 7th degree...

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Nanpa Aruki: Or How To Hack Walking To Be More Efficient historical Aug 07, 2017

Written by koichi

Hate to break it to you normal-walker, but the way you’re walking right now is inefficient, ridiculous, and just plain wrong. You know how you’re overly moving your hips and twisting your body like a pretzel, causing yourself to exert more energy than necessary?

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Otonashi no Kamae, 音無しの構 technique Jul 21, 2017

While training the The Hanbōjutsu of Kukishin Ryū in Japan during the Spring of 2008, Unsui Sensei explained to me the use of otonashi no kamae.

His lesson was premised on the principle of “be an easy target for your opponent.” But the intention of this kamae can be easily...

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A Brief History of the Kusari Fundo historical Nov 04, 2016

The history of the kusarifundo is quite fascinating. The weapon was developed by the head sentry of Edo castle in the early eighteenth century to disarm and subdue criminals without bloodshed inside castle grounds.

The shedding of blood during this time would be considered disgraceful and...

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On Nure Ochiba 濡れ落ち葉 culture Aug 10, 2016

I got off the train from Kashiwa and rode one of the clunker bicycles back to the Dojo. Actually, they’re not really clunkers, in fact they’re respected machines that provide transportation to students who visit the Dojo from all over the world. We actually like them alot. They are...

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The Roots Of Classical Jujutsu historical Jan 15, 2016

The classical study of Japanese Jujutsu has taken the back seat to the modern and commercialized styles of Jujutsu. While there are many great books (and even .many more not so great), written on the history of Jujutsu, it is very often associated with ground grappling, ring fighting and...

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'Sundome' Stopping The Moment Before culture Dec 12, 2015

"The best budōka can do sundome (寸止め) at any time. So, I have never injured a training partner so far. We say "Oteyawaraka ni onegaishimasu" before we begin keiko."

Unsui

Quote from a discussion about proper training I had with Unsui Sensei. Sensei went on to explain further how my students...

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A Gift From Vancouver articles culture Oct 03, 2015

A wonderful gift in the mail that arrived from fellow budoka who travelled from Vancouver, BC to train with us in New York during Unsui Sensei's 2015 Seminar. Peter Haddad arrived on Tuesday to attend the weekday training, sleeping at the Dojo he did not miss a single training the entire week....

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On Momentum, Reflections from Hatsu Keiko 2015 articles culture events Oct 01, 2015

I’m not a football fan, but my oldest son is. For that reason, I’ll sit with him and endure what I find to be a quite over-rated sport. Last February, I took the night to sit with Adam and watch the Super Bowl XLVIII when the Denver Broncos faced off against the Seattle Seahawks. My...

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