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My Perspective shares the personal perspective of different martial  artists and others on martial thought, philosophy and more on USAdojo.com.

Real Warrior Wisdom

In the Real Warrior Wisdom section of USAdojo.com you will find fantastic articles by men and women who continually make a difference in the...

Out of Control Egos in the Martial Arts

The martial arts world has changed in many ways since I entered its halls of honor, respect, and integrity. Don’t get me wrong, in...

What It Takes To Be A Martial Arts Master

When I was a 3rd degree black belt living in Korea as a member of the Korean Tigers Professional Demonstration Team, I asked what...

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

There are certain names that are associated with the development and promotion of the martial arts, names such as Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, Kyokushin karate;...

The Over Sexualization of Martial Arts

My dojo hosts many seminars... Yet I distinctly remember one of my first... I showed up and as I joined the mat one of my fellow...

Leadership

According to Gordon Brown the world is ‘leaderless’. We hear statements such as: fake news, alternative facts, truth isn’t truth??? Is it any...

Blue & True: Chris Aldridge State Champion

I ended it all with a simple side kick; it took nothing fancy to make me, Chris Aldridge, the state champion that day. Going into...

Is There Life in the Martial Arts After Old Age?

I have been on this martial art journey for about sixty one years. Since I didn’t start at birth most of you would have...

Taijiquan Memories

These are my taijiquan memories from 2003, when I took my first, and probably best, trip to San Francisco. I was able to afford...

Mastery in the Martial Arts

Lately events have led me to reflect on the nature of mastery and what it means. Life can be a humbling experience. I’ve been finding...

Women’s Judo

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu When compared to the men’s events, the...

British Jujutsu Pioneers

Possession of profound knowledge is of great value. Katsu Kaishu (1823-1899) While researching the history of martial arts, I am often impressed by the sustained dedication...

HONOR in Judo and in Life

Virtue is the fount whence honor springs. ~ Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) A salient feature of the samurai’s code of conduct was honor. Usually regarded as...

Balance and Discipline

You can never be too rich or to thin. We’ve all heard that old saying before. Of course, it’s a ridiculous thing to say. There’s...

LOYALTY in Judo and in Life

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable, than loyalty. Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) After having lived in Japan for some time, one comes to...

A Kaleidoscope of Movement and Feeling

Alan Sims performing the form from Chen Xin's book. The late Bruce Lee was and still is admired by many for his martial arts ability...

Scott Miller

Scott Miller took up martial arts for the first time later in life, at the age of forty-six. His professional career prior to that...

Discipline in Martial Arts and in Life

As a parent, you cannot help but reflect upon the nature of discipline. There is one concept of discipline, entirely wrong-headed, that focuses on...

COURAGE in Judo and in Life

"Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible." ~ Aristotle (384-322 BC) A courageous act can sometimes save a life....

INSTRUCTION in Judo and in Life

'Nothing under Heaven is more important than education. The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many. What has been well learned by one...