Hey ladies and gents. I first want to apologize for the absence.  I have been working on a blog post but because one of the sections in the article actually needs a video, I need to find a willing partner and a nice place to film in Osaka so please be patient a little...

April 1, 2018

In hand-to-hand combat your defensive options boil down to 3 options when it comes to not getting hit.  

Option 1. Block

Option 2:  Parry 

Option 3:  Avoid

Each of these options have a hundred variations and all 3 can be effectively used to defend yourself, howev...

March 10, 2018

I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting to learn the next Ancient Black Belt secret so let's get right to it.

Ancient Black Belt Secret #2 - Rank doesn't matter.

Now let me qualify that statement just a little.  When I say rank doesn't matter, I am specifically refer...

March 4, 2018

You've heard it many times before, leave your ego out of training or that the martial way requires you to exercise humility.  We all should continually strive in this regard to perfect ourselves.  Now martial arts will naturally build up self esteem and confidence but...

February 20, 2018

Persevere Per-ser-vere (pur-sa-ve'r) to persist; to maintain an effort; not to give in; to work to accomplish a goal despite difficulty.  This an important virtue to cultivate in life, especially if one wants to get the most out of their martial arts training.  First,...

February 11, 2018

When should you compete?

One question I hear quite often from my students is "when will I be ready to compete?"  Two things have to come together for a student to successfully compete.  Of course their technique must reach a level appropriate for their level of competit...

February 5, 2018

The deadlift is unfortunately the second most avoided exercise after the squat.  Maybe this is due, in part, to its name.  It was once known as the health-lift and I for one think this name is still appropriate.  However, for the sake of simplicity I shall continue to...

January 28, 2018

Let me start by explaining what exactly Kudo is.  Kudo is a Budo Mixed Martial Art meaning it utilizes techniques from multiple disciplines to address hand to hand combat at all fighting distances to includes outside striking, clinch fighting, throws/take-downs, and gr...

January 20, 2018

Since this is the very first blog post for my site, I've decided to write about a topic near and dear to my heart.  That topic is the importance of CONSISTENT training.  This is the single most important concept a budding martial artists can learn.

Many new martial...

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