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  • essay : Not Naming A Practice

    A short essay on how and when I do not describe my classical swordsmanship practice.
  • essay : Naming A Practice

    A short essay on some changes most all kobudo underwent in the Edo period, and where I find myself well into the 21st century. Practicing sword methods as a form of mindfulness and self-cultivation without losing sight of the origins of the arts we inherit.
  • essay : General Qi Jiguang’s Jixiao Xinshu and Reflections on Claims of Martial Virtue

    Some thoughts on the tales of old masters, how arts are taught, evolve, and what it means to cultivate a high level of skill. There are strengths and weaknesses to many different approaches, and approaches different from one another on a surface level may be more similar than they first appear.
  • essay : Shadows and Kata

    Examining the parallels and divergences in different surviving lines of Shinkage-ryu, we can perform a partial matching between Jiki and Yagyu but the precise commonality between the two major traditions are obscured by time.
  • update : 2019 Pittsburgh Taiji Seminar with Zhao Zeren and Zhang Yun

    Pittsburgh seminar in Northern Wu Style Taijiquan with Zhao Zeren and Zhang Yun.
  • essay : Perspective and Priorities

    More sometime can be gained by walking further along fewer paths. I keep returning to that theme. An examination of some of the important questions raised by a practice of traditional historical martial arts.
  • update : Open Steel

    Reflections on competing in a HEMA open steel longsword tournament.
  • essay : Summer Peak

    Natsu no mine is the summer peak observance practiced in certain forms of Shugendo. With summer waning, I reflect on the role of demonstration in traditional martial arts and ask questions about proper training intensity.
  • update : Solo Practice, Partner Practice, and Pressure Testing

    I have spending time at solo practice, consulting with colleagues, and free sparring. I remain inspired by what I see some of the local HEMA community doing.
  • update : Taiji Classics Seminar

    Attending a seminar detailing excerpts from the Taiji classics.
  • essay : Semiotics of the Internal

    One of the challenges I face when I hear the word internal used in reference to Japanese jujutsu or taijutsu is that the spread of internal schools of Chinese martial arts seem to post-date the major influx of martial theory from China to Japan. The question of what internal power is and how it relates to other arts and their practitioners that want to add it to their practice, especially if it may have been common in the practice amongst their founders, but not successfully transmitted to later generations at scale, is a complicated one that touches on several different models of identity. Semiotics meets the sword.
  • update : Wu Taiji Quan Seminar with Zhao Zeren and Zhang Yun

    Zhao Zeren and Zhang Yun taught a series of three seminars on the Wu Style Taiji Quan of Wang Peisheng during May 2016 in Princeton, Pittsburgh, and Silver Spring.
  • update : Bai Shr Ceremony

    At the end of summer, I traveled to Princeton for a seminar in Bagua and Taiji and was accepted as a formal lineal student by my teacher, Zhang Yun. I also traveled to the Pacific Northwest, where I was able to visit with budo colleagues in Oregon.
  • essay : Are You Connected?

    I was talking with a colleague about what it means to be connected and I felt like sharing some of my thoughts on the topic here.
  • update : Tian Gang Dao Seminar

    This weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh for additional training in neijiaquan. I attended Zhang Yun's taijiquan class and met up with several of his senior students I had not seen in a while. It was great to train with everyone and get pointers on my body organization. I also had a chance to get further correction of my Yin Bagua Zhang and also learn the remaining sections of the Hebei Xingyi Quan Za Shi Chui (mixed skills) form.
  • update : Demo of Araki ryu and Toda ha Buko ryu

    A brief reflection on a demonstration of Araki-ryu and Tenshin Buko-ryu at the NAMT 2013 Night of Budo.
  • essay : Aiki and Internal Training

    In my own travels, I have transited from practicing a modern form of jujutsu to learning Bāguàzhǎng, Xíngyìquán, and Tàijíquán. I have maintained an interest in authentic Japanese swordsmanship as well, largely in an effort to correct improper instruction I received while a student of modern jujutsu. As a result, fellow sword enthusiasts sometimes ask me about where best to go for “internal” training while continuing to pursue their current practice in an unmodified form. In these discussions, the word internal is usually left undefined except as a proper noun to refer to something being good or other, almost in a semiotic sense...