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Category: Martial Arts

What you missed at the Judo Jamboree last weekend

Since 2006, we’ve been having seminars at Mokuren Dojo that we call Aiki Buddies Gatherings (ABGs) or Judo Buddies Gatherings (JBGs).  Some years we had one ABG and some years we’ve had 2 or 3, so I haven’t been able to keep up with how many.  This past […]

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Tokio Hirano, the judo master

There was this judo master named Tokio Hirano that some folks say was the greatest judo technician in history.  When he moved from Japan to Europe in the early 1950s he developed the habit of challenging all the black belts in whatever towns he visited to matches – […]

The goal of martial arts

A lot of times in our martial arts classes, we get hung up on throwing people down – as if that were our goal.  It isn’t.  We are not out to topple and smash – our real goal is to develop and demonstrate control – We want to develop such […]

Defend yourself – but against what?

Historically, I haven’t had many students express interest in competing in judo or Tomiki aikido competitions.  I’ve tried to carefully remain neutral and offer students the opportunity to do the tournament thing, but most of them seemed more interested in self-defense or self-development – what my teacher called […]

Mere jujutsu

C.S. Lewis writes in his book, Mere Christianity , about the intersection set between the various Chistian denominations – the common ground of belief upon which we can all can agree.  Lewis proposes this “Mere Christianity” as a starting point for apologetics or evangelism or ecumenicism. Lewis is careful […]

Twice my gut saved my butt!

There’s this book by Gavin DeBecker, The Gift of Fear. Wonderful book about the wonderful gift that intuition can be, and how to learn to trust your gut intuition to get you out of dangerous situations.  It reminds me of a couple of stories about times when my gut […]

Sharpening the sword – for what?

Some of you may know that the Roaming Parkers are martial artists.  I (Pat) have been learning since about 1986, teaching since about 1996, and teaching OUR kids since about 2006.  We practice and teach primarily aikido but with a healthy sprinkling of judo and jodo and perhaps […]