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)
Guest article time! This article comes from James Stapleton and is based on a Reddit thread he made of the same title. I found it particularly riveting and asked if I could edit it into a format suitable for the blog, and he generously agreed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. … Continue reading Guest Article: What Makes a Martial Art Effective?
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
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
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
First off-- thank you to everyone for their well wishes regarding my hand. My surgery for tendon and nerve repair is set for TOMORROW, with three months of therapy thereafter. There's no guarantee that I'll ever regain full function or sensation, but we have to play the hand we're dealt (or the hand that remains … Continue reading My Real Life Application of Self Defense
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
I walked up to the counter and signed in at the surgeon's office. My hand, still bandaged tight from the night before, was able to scrawl out a signature on the HIPAA privacy act notification. The secretary took that, with my insurance card and ID, and handed me some paperwork. "Fill this out and then … Continue reading How Lack of Focus in Training Landed Me in the ER
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
The theme of the white belt is survival, nothing more and nothing less. After all, this is what the white belt has to do from the first day of class. He is not going to arrive in class and beat the best. He has no one to whom he can compare himself because he is … Continue reading AAR 1/11: "The Theme of the White Belt is Survival"