On Okinawa Budou

Ryukyuan martial arts were not a monolithic entity called “toudi”, any more than there is one martial art in China called “kung fu” (or more precisely, “quan fa”). There were two major schools of Ryukyuan martial arts; one based in the capital city (Shuri-te) and one based in the major port (Naha-te).*  “Toudi”, or more […]

Adventures of an Amateur Hoplologist

Japanese Girlfriend: “Hey, there’s a karate tournament this weekend!” *hands me a paper* Me: Oh, let’s see…  This guy does Shorin-ryu, this guy does Goju-ryu, this guy does Shorin, Shorin, Goju… No, he does Uechi-ryu… Japanese Girlfriend: “I thought you couldn’t read Japanese?” Me: I can’t.  I can tell what style they practice by how […]

2015 Goals

My best friend recently shared his epiphany regarding the tradition of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ with me: If it’s something that you have to specially resolve to do on one day of the year, it doesn’t matter enough for you to stick with the rest of the year. I think that this is perfectly accurate. In […]

Kung fu vs. Jiu-Jitsu (sic)

I don’t care what you have to say about how it translates to “real combat” (like you’d know). I’d still rather spend my time learning how to do this: …than learning how to do this: