Tuesday, June 27, 2017

An ending, a beginning, everything changes.

In several days I will be moving to Buckeye, Arizona. New home, new life options. For a brief while the blog will be dormant, but like the Phoenix (pun intended) I shall arise again. Allow me to offer a transient thought.


There is much thought put into the arts being classified, Internal or Externa. Or whether they are Hard or Soft.


Having practiced Karate and Yang Tai Chi for many years, I would like to offer an observation.


I don’t see internal or external, just a totality most do not attempt to find.   Neither Hard or Soft, totality. The internal should drive the external without distinction to distract our action.


Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Moving, Disability and Right-Sizing my Kobudo Practice

The pod with our belongings moves out today. We will be following in a week. It will have to be a quick trip, 4 of 4 ½ days at most, covering several thousand miles over the trip.


That and accepting the disabilities I am dealing with makes decisions necessary.


1. Most of the Kobudo I have studied and practice is beyond my capabilities.
2. I will no longer be instructing others.

3, There are limits to the amount of things I can drag along with me.

4. The majority of my personal kobudo gear had been bequeathed to Mike Cassidy to use with the program as he sees fit.  Other students have been given other of my weapons. Hardest to put down were my bo’s and sai. Sai being where my studies began with Charles Murray.

5. I have retained a few things.

          a. My knife collection goes with me. This also includes my hand made Tecchu/Teko group. A single Tecchu/Teko will travel with me as well as several small pocket knives.

          b. My Tai Chi straight sword goes with me. Perhaps the most difficult practice, with the many turns involved, but still I try.


          c. The Mangi Sai Charles brought back from Okinawa is with me.

          d. The patterned rattan staff Cindy Robinson brought me from Seattle.

          e. A single wooden kama, created by a friend.


The Sai to hang on the wall, my strength precludes any sai practice. The other weapons to use as I am able.


My studies continue as will whatever practice I can do. An example is I can see how to modify the kama practice I created to a single kama and stick form.  Something new.  Various knife drills and several kata done with tecchu/teko.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aikido's Arm Lock

Journal of the Asian Martial Arts 1999

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Once upon a time.

Back in the 1980s I studied many things
One of which was Nunchaku
However in time I put it aside,
Was not part of my Isshinryu.
And on the whole I did not care for the exercise.

Bunnies Don't Do Karate

Friday, June 16, 2017

When you only have one hand free

A favorite technique using only one arm for its execution.
I am being assisted by the late John Dinger.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kusakichi Noborigama (Branch Trimming Sickle)

Another Okinawan Tool that would be wicked.

Begining to End

It was 1985 when I began the program in Derry, NH.

I ceased teaching last year. The program is now run by Mike Cassidy and Young Lee.
But the last year I attended most classes helping when I could.
But all good things do come to an end,
Last night was my last night to attend class.
I am moving to Arizona come July.
It was way to hot and humid last night.
I was literally melting.
But here are a few photos of that night with students and fellow karate-ka.


So all good things come to an end.
And of course there is a new beginning.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kasumi-uchi The blinding attack

This was shared on Facebook on the site Motobu Ryu August 16, 2014
It is most useful to share further.
Kasumi-uchi (Haishu-uchi) is also used in Motobu Udundi. Uehara sensei often used to say, "Attack your opponent's eyes at first." Kasumi-uchi is a waza that has an affinity for tuiti.
is also used in the main palace of the headquarters. Dr. Uehara used to say " aim for the opponent first. It is also a skill of 親和 and 取手.

Kasumi-uchi (Haishu-uchi) is also used in Motobu Udundi. Uehara sensei often used to say, "Attack your opponent's eyes at first." Kasumi-uchi is a waza that has an affinity for tuiti
. Bottom of Form 1

Monday, June 12, 2017

Other Okinawan Traditions

When I have thought of Okinawa as the home of Karate and Kobudo tradition, I have always relegated the Okinawan people as not being part of the story. Karate did develop in the aristocracy of the island for their own defense and as a class group practice.


Kobudo was found as various village traditions, but the real weight of Okinawan existence was not part of my thinking.

Recent photos I have found suggest something else.

The Okinawan people really did not have to go far to find individuals skilled in a variety of practices, which would lend themselves for defense.

First were the variety of local sumo (wrestling) traditions. They would have some use in self defense. The other competitions between villages, boat races, rope pulling, etc. all maintained traditions of keeping individuals fit and used to working together.

Then each home had kama, the local tool for home gardening and readily available.
Where there were fishers, they were skilled at getting fish by spear. Personally I would think twice at facing such individuals.
Likewise there were a variety of tools used in agriculture which could also be used for self defense.


And not forget the bo, which seems was universally used for a variety of purposes.
Something to think about.