MOTION & MUSCLE

5 Life Lessons From The Martial Arts  by Shifu, Hayashi Tomio Here are five simple insights that I gained from my forty-four years in the martial arts. Emancipated life is a time of great freedom. You get the academic and political freedom to study and to speak out,...

The Rat Catcher’s Dilemma

In my last post Of Swordsmen and Rat Catchers, I retold an old world parable that circulated in Japanese martial arts schools likening the art of catching rats to swordsmanship. Shortly after, a reader sent this response. “The latest story on your blog feels...

Of Swordsmen And Rat Catchers

A Retelling By Christopher J. Goedecke (This story was originally entitled The Wonderful Art of a Cat. It was written to describe the importance of spiritual elements within the Martial Arts. The original author was Ito‑Tenzen‑Tadanari, the eldest son of Ono Jiroemon...

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