Keiko or Kanko?

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If you thought the title of this short post refers to the names of two Japanese women, then you’re mistaken. No, its about Karateka and Kobudoka who travel to Japan or Okinawa and think they’re training (keiko – 稽古) , but are actually Karatedo or Kobudo tourists (kankokyaku – 観光客).


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How I Train


I talk infrequently about my own personal training on this blog. Instead I’m usually more interested to hear how other people are training or how training was conducted in the past. That said, I thought I would take a few paragraphs to explain what my own training consists of lately. (more…)


Having Your Cake & Eating it too

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The other week my wife and I had been invited to an event. The hosts, knowing that I teach and practice Karate-do and Kobudo, sat me beside someone who also practiced Karate-do. It was a very thoughtful thing to do. I suppose the intent was that we would have something in common and consequently plenty to talk about. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.



There are no shortcuts

Dalai Lama no short cuts
His holiness the Dalai Lama

A lot of people are asking me to tell them the quickest way to enlightenment, and what they really want to know is what is the cheapest way!

Dalai Lama
Shambhala Sun, November 2006

I teach a very small group of students, about five or so. This is virtually identical to how I trained in Japan. From time to time I get phone calls or people dropping by unannounced inquiring about training. Few ever make it on to the actual dojo floor and even fewer last more than a month for those who manage to get on the floor. (more…)

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