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Ikken Hissatsu: the Kendo-Karate Connection

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

If you practice any form of Japanese karate, you need to understand that one of the most significant influences on your martial arts training has been kendo. Virtually all senior Japanese karate instructors in the West have been influenced by it since the 1960s. Sometimes the influences are conscious, other times they’re not. Over the
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Posted in General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts History, Karate, Kendo.

How Sen No Rikyu Used the Japanese Tea Ceremony for Samurai Training

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I’ve sat in the tiny space of Tai’an, the tea hut in Kyoto, Japan, that was among the last places Sen no Rikyu performed the Japanese tea ceremony. His descendants, more than 400 years later, continue to carry on the art. Sitting alone in that shadowy two-mat space where he once sat, I felt the
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Posted in General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts, Japanese Martial Arts History, Martial Arts Nutrition.

How the Bushido Code of the Samurai Influences Japan’s Police Force

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Judo and kendo are part of law-enforcement training in Japan, and many police officers continue to study the martial arts throughout their careers. In most cases, the toughest dojo in a city in Japan is a police dojo. Civilians who have gone there for martial arts training or who are hardy enough to become members
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Posted in General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts, Japanese Martial Arts History, Judo, Kendo, Law Enforcement Training.