Jeff Brooks is a unique and influential voice in the martial arts. His new book "The Good Fight" is Powerful – an unconventional look at the traditons, values, techniques and fundamental principles that give form and purpose to our martial arts. It looks at what it means to use martial arts to fight The Good Fight.... Continue Reading →

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Perfect Balance

  The well-trained person keeps to the center in action;  the poorly trained person moves away from the center in action.  The center, for the well-trained person, is such that he is always exact in his timeliness; the departure from the center for the poorly trained person is such that he will notice nothing.” –... Continue Reading →

June 2019 Seminar

Mountain Karate and friends on the trail for mountain training - Day Three. Day Two - technique seminar Dojo training and testing Day One - Congratulations to all!    

Karate and Subject Control

Many grappling arts are designed for subject control: the opponent’s ability to threaten you ceases when he is under your control. That means your objective in the encounter is to restrain his ability to move, and you do it by using a pin or lock. Wrestling, east Asian grappling arts, as well as defensive tactics'... Continue Reading →

War and Peace

“The civil is the inner principal and the martial arts is the outer principle. Outer technique without inner principle is simply the brute courage of physical strength. However, when one is no longer in his prime, bullying an opponent will not work. Those who possess inner principle without outer technique, who think only of the... Continue Reading →

Fearless Asymmetry

  Your body is biased. One side of you is stronger than the other. That is not a defect.   We become more effective fighters when we see that our “one-side stronger” design – our “asymmetry” – is not a weakness. It is a key feature of our design. It is a survival advantage.  ... Continue Reading →

Too Flexible or not Too Flexible

Flexibility is a critical component of power. Under pressure we can yield, be resilient and quickly recover. We can disappear from an attack vector and instantly fill the space with our counterattack.   Too soft - we break at the contact point. Under pressure we collapse. We drift, lack form and purpose. We go nowhere,... Continue Reading →

The Place of Honor

For about a million years people used only one tool.  A rock, chipped into a long oval, with sharp edges and a point. A hand ax. It was handy.    If you lost it, broke it or gave it as a gift you could make a new one. You could find plenty of blanks in the... Continue Reading →

Strength Stone

Today we made some chishi. Chishi are training tools. The name translates as ‘strength stone.’ They are used in Okinawan karate to develop our arms and shoulders. They pour concrete into a mold and make the handle from a dowel. We use them the same way and we make them the same way. It's simple... Continue Reading →

Family Safety Seminar

"Random" criminal activity is not random.  There are lots of things we all can do to keep our selves, our homes and our families safe.  This two hour workshop provided practical, real world skills to all the folks who participated. Participants learned about personal assault, vehicles, home defense, and cyber safety. Attendees ranged in age... Continue Reading →

Having a Practice

Having a practice is not the same as doing an activity or learning a skill set. An 'activity' is interesting or pleasant or distracting or edifying or fun. We enjoy it. It might make a lasting impression, but it probably won't. Go to dinner or a movie, play a game or go for a walk.... Continue Reading →

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