Pontus.jpgBruce Lee, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mr. Miyagi. Well, we can leave Mr. Miyagi out, but on the whole, most people have preconceived ideas of budo being the domain of rough, tough, staunch, and cut individuals. The cool image of the athletic warrior serves as an incentive for many people to start the martial arts, but at the same time it prevents many others from taking that first step into the dōjō.
Of those who have
Musashi Meets a Green Beret
Our mortality is our greatest fear and also in many ways our greatest fixation. The number of TV networks that broadcast series exploring topics from state-of-the art weaponry to survival techniques, historical battles and stylized combat traditions is on the rise. Maybe the enthusiasm to scrutinize violence is a consequence of the barrage of graphic images of destruction and carnage that we see on the news every day. In view of that, there also seems
Assisted by my brother Blake, and supervised by Satō Nariaki-sensei, for the past year I have been working hard on a translation of the Kendō Shidō Yōryō (The Official Guide for Kendo Instruction). This book, as the title suggests, is the official be-all and end-all textbook authorized by the All Japan Kendo Federation. This is the book that outlines the “correct” way of executing all of the kendo techniques, and definitions for terms and concepts. It is
So here is the idea: there are plenty of information out there, so much more than there was 30 years ago and very much accessible. So I thought that it would be good to get a multimedia library for everyone who would want to watch it. Sure, youtube or dailymotion are good video libraries but it's full of.... everything! This video library would be about budo arts. This is a wide range idea still, going from the basics, the easy stuff to the lectures and other kendo/budo related videos. Some shiais?
Updated 9th December 2009 at 03:12 AM by hamish
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I'm sitting in my hotel room in Sao Paulo wating for the 14th WKC to start. At last, I have time to sit down and catch up. The most recent project keeping me out of trouble has been the translation of a book published by the Nippon Budokan a few years ago. With nearly 400 pages, it was quite a mission. But now, after one year of seriously hard work, it is being printed as I write this blog.
I know what some of you may be thinking. "A book about the
Updated 6th January 2010 at 12:14 AM by hamish
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