This is the last section of this series on Kongo-Zen. Doshin So continues... The Answer Lies in Man There are three known variables, the individual, nature, and society, that determine the conditions of mans survival as well as his fulfillment and happiness. But because it takes individuals to exploit nature and individuals to make societies, … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen, Part III
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This is a continuation of Doshin So's write up about Kongo-Zen. Kongo-Zen, which focuses its attention on man as an expression of and participant in the infinite circle of reality and as endowed with a share of its vast potentially for wisdom, strength, courage, and love that life can best be lived. It is … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen? Part II
While I was living in Japan one of the Martial Arts I studied was Shorin-ji Kempo. Shorin is the Japanese pronunciation for Shaolin and Ji is temple. Kem (Ken) means fist and po (do) means way. So altogether it means “Way of the Shaolin Fist”. Shorin-ji was founded by a man named Michiomi Nakano also … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen?
Did you ever wonder why systems of fighting are named Martial Arts? The Martial part is obvious. Where does the term Art fit in to throwing a punch or swinging a sword? When I first asked about this I got the answer that it was the Kata's or Forms that we practiced that made it … Continue reading Martial Melodies
To be capable or skilled in the Martial Arts is not an easy thing to come by. It can take years of struggle, time, and practice. People often look for the easy way or short cuts to reach what they perceive as a sign or badge of their proficiency. There is much more to martial … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu….Tactical Dispositions
“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good.” Sun Tzu In this passage it is clear to see that Sun Tzu is saying to have restraint in your attack. For his purposes he is … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Attack by Stratagem Part II
“In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not good. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence, supreme excellence consist of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. Thus the highest form … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Attack by Stratagem Part I
Go on Youtube and watch any MMA or Boxing match. Watch the fighter’s closely, they will stand in some sort of fighting stance at a distance and one will throw a punch or two and then step back into their fighting stance. Then the other one throws a punch or a kick or maybe even … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Waging War Part II….
In war let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. SunTzu Did you see the McGregor/Mayweather fight? What happened was a perfect example of having a bad strategy (and horrible coaching as well) in a fight. It is obvious that McGregors plan was to simply knock Mayweather out early in the fight. … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Waging War Part I….
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence when able to attack, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Fein disorder and crush him.” Sun Tzu That first line is HUGE! To be successful … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Laying Plans Part II….
When starting this blog my intention was to direct it to those that were beginners or that were studying the artial arts on their own without an teacher. Because it is a written blog it has limitations such as, you can’t demonstrate a technique for example. That would have to be a Video blog which … Continue reading The Martial strategy of Sun Tzu…Laying Plans Part I….
“If you practice hitting a target the size of a ping pong ball, when you are in a real fight you might be able to hit a target the size of a baseball” “If you practice hitting a target the size of a baseball, when you are in a real fight you might be able … Continue reading The naughty word, Kata….
Martial Arts have become a lot like institutionalized religion these days. Go on you tube and there are endless videos of someone who has come up with their own system (we will call it S.W.A.T.) and they spend the whole time telling you how this or that traditional technique will not work in a “real” … Continue reading Traditional or not, that is the question…
"Methods are many, Principles are few, Methods Change, Principles stay true" I have collected many quotes over the years. Whenever I heard something that struck me as important or meaningful I wrote it down. The only problem is for some reason I did not write down who said the quotation. So I will state … Continue reading Where is the Principal???
After leaving England I was relocated to Japan for my job. The job location was on Hokkaido the northern most island in Japan. I was excited to go back to Asia because I knew that I would likely be close to a qualified instructor and hopefully be able to attend a class nearby. Also since … Continue reading Shu, Ha, Ri
When I was a kid there was an old WWII vet that ran a Judo dojo (Grey’s Judo) in my home town. He had been stationed in Japan during the U.S. occupation following the war. This is where he learned Judo and earned his black belt (I believe he was a 4th dan). A kid … Continue reading Mr. Miyagi where are you???