山林 Yamabayashi Shorin Ryu Karate

山林 Yamabayashi Shorin Ryu Karate

Our style is Yamabayashi Shorin Ryu Karate. Yamabayashi means Mountain Forest.  It can also be pronounced San Rin.  Name In 2017 I formed Mountain Karate Dojo, where we practice Mountain Forest style karate. Our dojo is in a region of mountains and forests; their strength, stability, endurance, adaptability, vitality, variety and resilience inspire us. Sources  Yamabayshi […]

The Dojo and the Crime Scene

The Dojo and the Crime Scene

  Amid all the shouts of f*ck the police there are millions of people who call the police, every day. For help. Most of them are calling because they are afraid or have been hurt, or their stuff has been stolen. They are calling for help.   Often, they call for protection from drug dealers […]

Gradient of Competence

Gradient of Competence

There are a lot of pop culture references to traditional karate that make fun of it. From the Karate Kid movies to Seinfeld to Jim Carrey to Friends and on and on, karate dojo’s are mocked, and karate teachers are presented as pompous, self-regarding goof balls.   A healthy dojo is a training environment. To […]

Martial Arts & Martial Law

Martial Arts & Martial Law

Operating in the dark is a challenge. Darkness may be helpful. Sometimes it is necessary. But it’s difficult to orient in the dark; harder to detect obstacles, threats, targets and the path we need to take. Which is a lot like training now. Isolated from the dojo, separated from friends, from the normal routines and […]

Training in Time of Plague and Panic

Training in Time of Plague and Panic

We train to detect threats before they emerge, and to deal with them effectively if they do. Threats are always present in our environment, sometimes in the distance, sometimes up close.  Opportunity is around us too. At our Tuesday evening class on September 11, 2001, pretty much every member of the dojo showed up to train. […]

“Group Flow” in Kata

“Group Flow” in Kata

Researchers have identified a phenomenon they call “group flow” which emerges in the performance of well-trained groups. In traditional martial arts we know it well. When members of a team, band, military unit, business or dojo “cooperate, agree on goals, skills and patterns of action”, then “group flow,” or group cohesion, emerges. Pioneeered by psychologist […]

Ranks and Titles

Ranks and Titles

Ranks and titles have value Ranks are a tool. They can help us preserve the knowledge of the past, and focus on our challenges in the present. Ranks reward effort. They can be a mark of achievement and respect. It shows a newer person where to turn for advice, and who to imitate. Ranks help […]

An Ecstasy of Sweat

An Ecstasy of Sweat

It’s good to get together with a few or a few hundred of your closest friends and train real hard for a long time, together, everyone doing the same thing, in their own way, at the same time, of their own free will. And together, in an ecstasy of sweat, burn out all the junk […]