Interview with Chris Li about “Internal Power” training in Martial Arts

Hey folks! What follows below is an interview with Chris Li, a martial artist who has primarily trained in Aikido. He's a great resource within the Aikido community regarding the history of the art and a very approachable guy. He also trains in "internal power", which is something that never made sense to me, even … Continue reading Interview with Chris Li about “Internal Power” training in Martial Arts

Guest Article: In Defense of the Woo-Woo

This week, a guest article by "Roger" (last name withheld at his request) about drawing the line between realism/practicality and some of the other benefits of martial arts that may be understated, undervalued or ignored. What do you think? Is there benefit in training martial arts beyond practicality? Is the philosophical benefit of what the … Continue reading Guest Article: In Defense of the Woo-Woo

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