Cults of Personality and Guruism in Martial Arts (and ways to fight it)

Quick Note: The point of this article is to point out experiences that I've had and been told about regarding certain prevalent behaviors in the martial arts community. To that end, I've taken out a lot of names and specific details. If some of the stories seem vague, it's because I'm trying to make a … Continue reading Cults of Personality and Guruism in Martial Arts (and ways to fight it)

Mount Escape Seminar and Promotions

Unified Training day at the gym! Got members from all 4 locations onto our mat and it was packed. Great to see everyone though. Techniques: Each professor, starting with mine (Bruno Frazatto) showed a mount escape. They started simple (Upa, shrimping into guard replacement) and worked into more complex (balance displacement into Single Leg X-Guard, elbow … Continue reading Mount Escape Seminar and Promotions

Chhi’mèd Künzang: How to add resistance within Aikido without destroying the art

Recently, there was an AMA on /r/aikido with Chhi'mèd Künzang. Mr Künzang is a black belt in Aikido as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and if I say so myself it was an excellent discussion overall. I asked him a number of questions myself, and we started discussing ways to create live-resistant training with Aikido. His … Continue reading Chhi’mèd Künzang: How to add resistance within Aikido without destroying the art

Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part Three: The Future of Tradition

Quick note preceding the article: It's been a hell of a couple of months since my surgery. After 12 weeks of rehab and a new baby (woooo!) I'm back to training and working on getting back to writing. I've had finishing this series on my mind since January so it's the first of many articles … Continue reading Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part Three: The Future of Tradition

Guest Article, Josephine Fan: Perceptions of the Aikido Community

Since my hand is still goofed up, my writing volume will decrease a bit over the coming weeks after surgery. I'll still be writing (and dictating, and maybe God-help-us-all making some YouTube videos) but will also be reaching out to folks for guest articles. We're gonna start off big with a guest article from a … Continue reading Guest Article, Josephine Fan: Perceptions of the Aikido Community

Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part Two, Present: The never-ending "effectiveness" debate

Part One of this series is available here.There is a thread on the old Aikiweb forums called "Aikido does not work at all in a fight". It was posted over 18 years ago, on 10/17/2000. At the time of this writing, it is still the top post on Aikiweb and has 2034 replies.  I know … Continue reading Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part Two, Present: The never-ending "effectiveness" debate