Hatsu keiko, first training of the New Year in Mahopac

2015 Hatsu Keiko, Momentum

I’m not a football fan, but my oldest son is. For that reason, I’ll sit with him and endure what I find to be a quite over-rated sport. Last February, I took the night to sit with Adam and watch the Super Bowl XLVIII when the Denver Broncos faced off against the Seattle Seahawks. My kid…

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Taditional martial arts and jujutsu training in Putnam County, New York.

Introduction to Tessenjutsu

At our Dojo, we began Tessenjutsu in September, 2014. Our goal is to complete the Kamae Kihon and Kata by January, 2015. To help support this training and make it more comprehensive, I’ve written this article as an introduction to this commonly misunderstood weapon. It was previously published in the Jinenkan quarterly newsletter, Seiryu. Now,…

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Martial arts training in Mahopac, New York

Kukishin Ryū, Sweden

Adam Mitchell of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō will be teaching on June 27th, 28th and 29th the art of Kukishin Ryū Dakentaijutsu, 九鬼神流打拳体術 along with Rico Van Veenendaal of the Jinenkan Mononofu Dojo who will be teaching Kukishin Ryū Kodachijutsu, 脇差術. Please be sure to visit and support the event’s facebook page here.

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Traditional and realistic martial arts training

The Difference

This weekend, I overheard a local martial arts guru discuss with a kind man the difference between the martial art he studied and the one I study. I usually don’t dabble in this type of talk, but there was a sincere curiosity from the man’s question so I felt obligated to offer some honest insight.…

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Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, NY

Tantojutsu & Kusarifundojutsu Workshop with Mario DeMol

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With Adam Mitchell, Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, Mahopac NY

Enbu, Newport, RI

The 2013 Newport Black Ships Festival was a great success. As always, we were happy to train alongside our fellow martial artists as well as enjoy the beautiful music and good food being served throughout the day. Finally, some good Japanese curry! Following is a link to a piece put into the Providence Journal newspaper…

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Eric Shahan, Jinenkan Dojocho

Ninjutsu no Gokui, A Book Review

Before I get into my thoughts about this book let me just be very clear that the author of this translation, Eric Shahan is a friend and colleague. When I first heard about this project I was super excited as I own an original version of this book and have never seen a translation of…

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Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, Mahopac, New York

Tape Whatever is Broken

The Dōjō is a place you can come to when your life is over crowded. But it’s no get away. There is no cold drink cooler, no candy machine, nobody to pat your bottom and tell you how hard you work. It’s a Dōjō. There are no lies here. It’s hot as hell in the…

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Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, Mahopac NY

Otonashi no Kamae, 音無しの構

While training the The Hanbōjutsu of Kukishin Ryū in Japan during the Spring of 2008, Unsui Sensei explained to me the use of otonashi no kamae. His lesson was premised on the principle of “be an easy target for your opponent.” But the intention of this kamae can be easily misconstrued with others, or not even understood at all. Standing…

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Traditional martial arts and fitness, Mahopac NY

Hojo Undo, Maki Agi

There’s two new blocks of concrete hanging around the Dojo right now. Actually, there is going to be quite a few over the next few months as I build by hand each piece of training equipment for Hojo undō. Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese term, translated as “supplementary exercises”, that refers to the conditioning…

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