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September 1, 2011

I actually found the Soke through his writings in martial arts magazines. A younger cousin of mine was selling magazine subscriptions, and my mother wanted to support his effort; thus, she encouraged me to find a ‘karate magazine’ that would key in to my interests and...

May 12, 2011

Let’s consider the first question first: Is MMA effective against every other martial art form? We will approach this one from a sports perspective, as it is within sporting situations that MMA has been pitted against other arts. From these sporting events, no discerni...

June 16, 2010

Thanks for the question. The tanbo (also called tambo, hanbo, and hambo) is one of the most practical weapons for a martial artist to practice. It is essentially a straight club ranging between one to three feet depending upon the size of the practitioner wielding it....

July 29, 2007

That, my friend, depends on what you mean by traditional.

When martial artists today talk about tradition, they’re referring to the Meiji Era attitude toward traditionalism. The easiest way to explain this attitude is to give a brief, painless history lesson. In the old...

March 11, 2007

There are three realms of benefit from martial arts practice: physical, mental, spiritual. We’ll take them in that order. First, there are the physical benefits of practice. Obviously, the martial arts are first self defense skills; the utility in protecting yourself n...

January 14, 2007

Excellent question! As the martial arts have developed to greater degree in the US, we see more schools using titles such as those you’re referencing. Each association has its own hierarchical arrangement, and the high title in one group might not be as high in a diffe...

December 24, 2006

The stories of the old masters, aside from being very entertaining, are of great importance to modern martial artists. In these anecdotal histories, we get a glimpse of the incredible skill levels that were possessed by the great martial artists of the past. The remark...

December 17, 2006

This is an excellent question. Let me begin by saying that in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo, we train with the full range of Oriental weaponry, ranging from the tsurugi (taichi sword), to the nunchaku (the flail), to the sai (metal truncheon), and the yari (spear). It is 100% tru...

December 10, 2006

It depends on what is meant by brutal. If we take that to mean who is the most violent to its practitioners (that is, how rough is the training), the booby prize likely goes to Muay Thai (where practitioners beat not only each other but themselves in the name of ‘condi...

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I actually found the Soke through his writings in martial arts magazines. A younger cousin of mine was selling magazine subscriptions, and my mother w...

How did you come to find out about the Soke and what drove your interest to continue in Kiyojute Ryu?

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