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On Kikusui, our new logo and eternal youth articles blog culture Aug 23, 2022

Taken from the cover of a book, Adam Mitchell purchased at an antique book store in Japan, the "Kikusui" logo literally translates to “Chrysanthemum water”. It's original reference is to a Chinese legend and Japanese noh theater play, attributing eternal youth to...

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On Kakkofudo, and being invincible articles blog Aug 08, 2022

"I am invincible" Maciej said as we were leaving the Dojo on Saturday morning. I knew what he meant, I think maybe more than he realized.

After morning training, I asked Maciej if he wouldn’t mind helping to film some Jutaijutsu forms we’d used that week as a sort of framework to...

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Renshu, price of admission to complete realization articles blog May 20, 2022

練習, renshu. To train repetitively. Knowing with the mind and knowing with the body are different things. I’m not interested in talking about a martial art I can’t realize and perform physically. Talk is cheap.

In order to fully understand budo, it’s takes unreasonable amounts of...

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My fight has always been within articles blog Nov 17, 2021

It just took some time to learn this.

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others” - Confucius

I spent almost all of my life looking to fight, face some confrontation, defeat an unseen bad guy, to be mindfully prepared for the worse ... to find out...

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The human body has the same weak points and so does the mind articles blog Oct 08, 2021
The human body has the same weak points and so does the mind whether a person is standing or on the ground. For a way to practice, once a standing technique has been mastered, you can try using the same technique and the same way of thinking from a position on the ground - Manaka Unsui, Dec 2000...
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Only you can understand Budo articles blog Feb 19, 2021
四拳 波羅蜜 大光明. Many things in Budo can be easily translated, others cannot. It's easy to google, or look at someone else's translation or even have a master brush it for a couple hundred bucks ... But this is just someone else's understanding, their reality.
 
Indeed, I rely on my...
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Don't feed the monkey, keep going and expect to break articles podcast Jun 28, 2020

20 years ago, I had my first training experience with my martial arts teacher, and in this episode I want to share with you some observations that I took from that experience and how it really helped me to understand this saying,

Keep going.

 

 

What does it truly mean? I dig into some...

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Nin Tai, Something More than Not Giving Up articles Feb 24, 2020

About 15 years ago, I was at a martial arts seminar in Virginia that Manaka Sensei  was teaching. 

Following the seminar, the host kindly invited us back to his house for a small party, barbecue and a get together. While there, Sensei had been relaxing on a couch...
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Testing Expectations, What's Beyond the Curriculum articles blog Jan 15, 2020
 
 
 We just completed a new cycle of rank testing here at the Dojo, and I gotta tell you ... there's some blood on the floor. Well not really, but metaphorically.
 
A lot of students just didn't make it through their first or even second cycle of testing,...
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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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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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