PAYING IT FORWARD

CHRONICLES OF THE DOKA #37 in a continuing series (84 days in the teaching life of an American sensei in 1999)   Sunday, January 16, (continued)   Sunday, January 16 I drill the two teenage boys, Frankie and Chris, on slip-stepping and diagonal evasions. I tell...

MOVING MARTIALLY

As a career kata practitioner and teacher, I can tell you there is a certain developmental arc to learning any new martial pattern. The first challenge is to simply memorize the sequence taught to you. Don’t worry about any kata nuances until you’ve gotten the...

S7: Three Battles—Seven Powers

Martial Arts for the Spiritually Aspiring StudentAn important distinction can be made in marital arts between those who only desire physical skills for combating their opponents and those who wish to take their study into the interior or hidden realms of the psychic,...

PLAY, FIGHT, KILL

CHRONICLES OF THE DOKA#36 in a continuing series 84 days in the teaching life of an American sensei in 1999Sunday, January 16, 1999 Susan cancels her son’s ten o’clock class. “John’s sick.” Next up, Frankie and Chris at 11:00. Both teens are brown belts, sankyus....

Filling One’s Cup

Tian Zhua Celebrates 25 years as Yudansha On Saturday, October 15, 2016, eight senior Isshin Kempo yudansha sat around a traditional Chinese tea house table in Boonton at Sinofilia, for a two-hour, ritual tea guided by the gently entrancing, Feng Xiao, to celebrate...

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