Mindful Miss?

From an article by Jay Michaelson: “Lama Surya Das, the “Buddha from Brooklyn,” is one of the handful of Westerners who have been teaching meditation for decades. And yet, he says we’re doing it wrong. Lama Surya Das says there are other ways to meditate besides...
Shakedown: The Shiko Dachi

Shakedown: The Shiko Dachi

One thing that I have come know in my forty-six years of teaching is that you can never know definitively who is right or who is wrong about a physical art like karate in a purely academic arena. In other words, talk can be cheap and it can also be misleading. The...
If you’ve got the power…

If you’ve got the power…

John K. from Greenwich, NY has the right idea. If you’ve got the power, why not show it! John is a long time black belt and a member of the distinguished ‘Sanchin Seven,’—a group of advanced martial art practitioners studying the internal principles of Okinawan...
The Fox Within

The Fox Within

Some Native American tribes consider the appearance of wilderness creatures at certain points in one’s life a ‘spiritual event,’ portending something of the immediate future of the observer(s). So it was a curious moment when on the eve of a promotional ceremony, a...

THE ROLE OF A SPIRITUAL GUIDE IN THE MARTIAL ARTS

The material world that we are all so familiar seeing and touching is not all that comprises our reality. We know this to be true if we just think of the inner world of our own minds; our thoughts, desires, imaginations, memories, and intentions. We can’t ‘see’ our...

ENTER AN (Isshinryu) DRAGON

DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND Recently, an isshinryu practitioner reached out to me to let me know he was reading my latest book, Rebel Isshinryu, and to share a thread from an isshinryu Facebook forum discussing my work. With all due respect to the many years of martial...

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