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Are You Training A Martial Arts Style Or System?

Current times discussions and written treatises on martial arts training often treat the terms "Style" and "System" as interchangeable, yet they are not at...

The Meaning of Soke

Soke (Sōke) pronounced (so - ke), is a Japanese term that means "the head family (house)." In the realm of Japanese traditional arts, it is...

Sensei – The Origin and Meaning Word

In various martial arts there are different names for the titles of some master ranks In the following text I am going to mention...

The Term Dojo

This is not an attempt to give either a history of Buddhism or Zen-Buddhisms  arrival and its impact on Japan. It is only meant...

A Different Definition of Ai-Yotsu and Kenka Yotsu

In order to truly understand the difference between the terms Ai-Yotsu and Kenka Yotsu, one should dismiss the definitions of so called right-handed and...

Iai or Batto

The very word Iai is the subject of numerous grading essays and has many layers of meaning but its basic interpretation seems to be...

Kendo Shai Glossary

Kendo.com tells us that Kendo, the “Way Of The Sword” is the traditional Japanese style of fencing that today is a modern martial art...

Basic Sumo Terms

Banzuke: An ordered list of men fighting up through the ranks of professional Sumo; a ranking sheet. Basho: A sumo tournament. In a sanctioned competition,...

Fighting

I started reading a martial arts book the other day titled Pressure Point Fighting, by Rick Clark. After reading the introduction, and then the...

Traditional Martial Arts

Traditional martial arts are fighting arts that originated mostly in Asia. They adhere to very specific and traditional training methods and techniques. Most of...

It’s Sōke, It’s Alright

The so-called controversy and dilemma with the use of the term sōke in martial arts has only been seen in a few articles (self-published)...