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From Holland to O’Hara’s events Mar 04, 2012

Review of Rico van Veenendaal’s visit to NY
February 3rd & 4th, 2012: Jinenkan Dōjōchō Rico van Veenendaal from the Mononofu Dōjō in Schiedam, Netherlands visited New York during the first week of August for training and to teach a weekend workshop. Rico had recently traveled...

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On Kia technique Mar 03, 2012

I found this little gem in some old notes today dating back to from May, 2001. It is on Kiai, 気合.

“Today we trained the final techniques of the Naginatajutsu and there was a strong emphasis on the use of specific kiai. The use of this audible supplement to your attack or counter is not...

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On Tanden culture Feb 28, 2012

A master of calligraphy, swordsmanship, tea ceremony, martial arts, among other arts, is held in the Japanese tradition to be “acting from tanden“. Following is a segment from an email correspondence I’ve recently had with Unsui Sensei regarding tanden in our study of Kobudō. I...

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Many Pieces of Paper technique Feb 25, 2012

While training Gyokko Ryū with Sensei and my colleagues, he stopped our lesson briefly to explain that your movement “should be like many pieces of paper having the same thickness as one.” Without seeing his body language while explaining this it would of course make little sense.

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Is This a Grey Hair? culture Feb 08, 2012

By Brian Vaughan, 3rd Dan (photo above, teaching jojutsu)

Both words, with a minimum of verbiage, epitomize how I have led my life and my approach to martial arts. The first, Shoshin, a beginners heart…to main­tain a simplicity of vision, clarity and openness. To al­ ways...

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Tora no Maki technique Feb 01, 2012

真剣型体術
Sensei began by explaining that the Shinken Gata followed the same kata sequence as the Kukishinden Ryu with the exception of added kata at each level. The distinguishing differences between the Kukishinden Ryū Dakentaijutsu and the Tora no Maki is that the Dakentaijutsu takes into...

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Your movement is just Kyu and Kyo Nov 14, 2011

“At the very least I want to see you relaxing, but also the correct tachi-suji, not like bo-furi.”

Keiko isn’t about using strength or unnecessary power, especially within your arms. Keiko is about relaxing and allowing your intentions to push themselves onto your opponent and...

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Mario DeMol, Koto Ryu Workshop Review events Jun 19, 2010

“This is why I study what I study.”

My hakama was ripped to shreds on Friday and my dogi was torn today. As we approached the final hour of training under the senior European student of Unsui Sensei’s, the thought occurred to me that – this is it. 

As Mario DeMol was...

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