Just Don’t Call It Budo

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In 1964, United States judge Potter Stewart ruled on an obscenity case. In his ruling he wrote, “hard-core pornography” was hard to define, but that “I know it when I see it….” Since then his phrase has been applied to a whole host of activities.

Fast forward over 50 years later and I find Justice Potter’s words fitting for what passes as martial arts in this day and age, even in Japan. Case in point the rousing sport…er….play fighting…..uh….passtime…?!…of Spochan !! Yes, the art of ‘Sport Chambara’ or air sword fighting! Coming to a North American dojo near you! Or not…