Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵?, c. 1584 – June 13, 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings (五輪の書 Go Rin No Sho?), a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.
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Dojo Kun - literal translation means "training hall rules". There are five main rules that serve as guiding principles for all who train in the dojo. Although they are usually listed in a set order, no one rule is more important than any other. To em
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Interview by Ronnie Robinson Gerda Geddes was the first person who ever studied and taught Tai Chi in the UK, she began training in Shanghai at a time when very few women of any nationality were able to study the art. For nearly 60 years Tai Chi pla...Interview by Ronnie Robinson Gerda Geddes was the first person who ever studied and taught Tai Chi in the UK, she began training in Shanghai at a time when very few women of any nationality were able to study the art. For nearly 60 years Tai Chi played an integral part in her life and she remained actively interested and open in her heart and mind right to the end. She passed away on Saturday 4th March 2006 at age 89.... More
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The term Mc Dojo has come to be quite popular nowadays in the various martial arts business and trade journals and is a derogatory term used to describe certain types of martial arts schools. What are these types of schools and why is this term relev... You have probably figured out by now that a Mc Dojo is not considered to be a reputable school. A Mc Dojo quite frankly represents the worst example of a martial arts school. It is one that has lost touch with what the true values of the martial arts are, such as honesty and integrity, and is intent on one thing - getting the most money out of each and every person who walks in the door. Part of the problem, however, lies with the consumer because for the most part, the consumer does not know what to look for or what a good school is and what a good instructor looks like. My goal with this article and all of my other resources is to help you know what to look for before you make a mistake that you will regret.... More
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Many people are confused because they are unaware that the term “Zen” has a few meanings. Basically, the word “Zen” means meditation. Sometimes it may refer to a transcendental glimpse of cosmic reality, or even the transcendental reality itself. Oft
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If you have suffered a serious knee injury in the past have had recent knee surgery, activities that in-volve a lot of running are going to be counterproductive for you. However, if you can find an effective low impact workout that is gentle on your ...If you have suffered a serious knee injury in the past have had recent knee surgery, activities that in-volve a lot of running are going to be counterproductive for you. However, if you can find an effective low impact workout that is gentle on your joints, your previous injuries should be of no concern. Tip 1:If you have bad knees, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that running is your adversary. When you are running, every stride you take puts the equivalent pressure of three times your body weight on each of your knees. If you have bad knees, you should do your best to avoid running, jogging, jumping, lower-body weight training activities (such as squats), and most high impact sports.... More
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