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  1. Thread: Dojo Memories

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    Dojo Memories

    Every dojo is special, but which dojo that you've trained in stand out? The first dojo I trained in had a huge green, canvas tarp to cover the mats. It left everyone's gi with a green tint, so you...
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    What is "Real Budo"?

    An essay by Ellis Amdur over at Kogen Budo got me thinking about what goes into make "real budo". Is it the harshness of the training? Is it the risk of injury when you make a mistake? Is it using...
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    Nakagawa Taizoh, Sword Smith

    My dear friend and mentor, Nakagawa Taizoh Sensei, passed away in November. I wrote this with the help of Deborah Klens-Bigman about him to share.
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    Budo As An Everyday Activity

    Budo is a special activity, clearly. We have special places to practice, special clothes to wear for practice. We have special rituals to mark off training time from normal time. It shouldn't be a...
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    Budo and the Aging Budoka

    So I had a milestone birthday last month, and the conversations surrounding that got me thinking about how my journey on the budo path has changed over the years, and how I have adapted to the...
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    Welcome Rolf! I didn't realize you weren't on...

    Welcome Rolf! I didn't realize you weren't on here. Please take a look at some of the older threads. There is a lot of good, accumulated information in there.
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    Hello Peter, I'm glad to hear that your copy...

    Hello Peter,

    I'm glad to hear that your copy of the book has arrived.

    Regarding the cover photo, the photographer and cover designer is also one of my students. We did a long photo shoot, but...
  8. Thread: Test Day

    by pboylan
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    Test Day

    After a a great deal of mucking around getting my book published, I've finally written a new blog post. This one is about a test I took in Japan, and another test in the US. I'm still surprised...
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    Hi Todd, Thank you for the tip. I had not...

    Hi Todd,

    Thank you for the tip. I had not heard of Book Depository before this. I will definitely have to follow-up with them and see what we can do.
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    Hello Peter, The shift to on-demand publishing...

    Hello Peter,

    The shift to on-demand publishing is an interesting one. It allows for much smaller runs of books, which means more people can be published (only a good thing if we're producing...
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    Hello Peter, Thank you for your diligence in...

    Hello Peter,

    Thank you for your diligence in searching for a an accessible copy of my book. I hadn't realized that Amazon Japan had a 8-12 waiting period on it. I saw that they had the paperback...
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    Hello Peter, Thank you. The criteria for...

    Hello Peter,



    Thank you. The criteria for the essays that I choose were simple. First, I had to like it, which I don't always do with my own writing. The essays also had to either common...
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    Hi Cady, Thank you so much. I appreciate the...

    Hi Cady,
    Thank you so much. I appreciate the discussions on E-Budo, and I hope my book will generate some new ones.

    Rei!
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    Musings Of A Budo Bum by Peter Boylan

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    I'm happy to announce that my collection of budo essays, Musings Of A Budo Bum, has been published. It's a collection of essays about a variety of subjects related to budo, including kata and...
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    Budo And Stress

    How are budo and stress connected? Like any physical activity, budo practice can help relieve stress, but are there any other ways budo and stress are connected? Could it help you handle situations...
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    Are you training in a vacuum?

    All budo originates in place and culture that is alien to everyone who starts training in it. Even for modern Japanese, the world that molded Kano Jigoro and Ueshiba Morihei is strange and hard to...
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    What's it mean to be senior in your dojo?

    I got to spend last November in my old dojo in Japan. They consider me a senior member at this point, and I wrote about the experience and expectations in this blog post:...
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    Training In Japan

    I'm finally catching up with my writing after the busy month of travel and training in Japan in November and holidays in December. What's it like training in a traditional dojo in Japan? It is and...
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    Forging the Spirit?

    We talk a lot about mental states like mushin and fudoshin being important in budo. We don't talk about how to develop them though. I believe there is a path to developing these mental states...
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    Budo And Control

    What are we learning when we study budo? Powerful techniques for controlling others and imposing our will on the universe? Or is it more subtle, about learning to control ourselves so we can act...
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    The Ways and Our Assumptions

    Finished a new blog post about how some of our unconscious assumptions affect our understanding. It's amazing how much we think is natural and proper is just a cultural or linguistic expectation.
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    Budo and Non-Action

    Learning budo is about learning action, action to escape, to control, strike, to throw. But what about those times when doing nothing is the best course of action? Can you stand in peace? When itís...
  23. Hey Folks! I wrote about needing to learn to...

    Hey Folks!
    I wrote about needing to learn to teach, not "learn to talk". There is an awful lot more to teaching than just talking. I think instructors need to learn those other parts. how to...
  24. Thread: Cross Training

    by pboylan
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    Cross Training

    How important do you think cross training in other martial arts is to your development as a martial artist? I think it's critical, because it's one of the only ways to check your unconscious...
  25. Ed, that was the model for a long time, but the...

    Ed, that was the model for a long time, but the idea was that through wrote memorization and repetition learning would happen. That changed when Kano Jigoro decided to make judo into an educational...
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