Category Archives: Budo

Avoiding Group-Think

There is no forest without trees.   There is no group, organization or society without individuals.  Remove the trees and there is no forest.  Remove the individual and there is no society.  We speak about “Service Before Self” as a … Continue reading

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Right Mindedness & Free Speech

Takuan Soho, the Zen monk and mentor to the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, wrote extensively on the importance of “right mindedness” in the realm of military strategy and tactics. His deep wisdom and wise counsel led him to become … Continue reading

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Awareness

Lately it appears that the news has been filled with stories of armed professionals losing their lives during violent confrontations and ambushes. The increasing number of green on blue attacks coming out of Afghanistan is evidence enough of this lethal … Continue reading

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The Way is in training.

In Budo we study principles through the practice of technique. Precision technique is essential to an understanding of principle. One can only realize principle through the transcendence of technique. This full immersion in technique is said to be accomplished when … Continue reading

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Feedback from edged weapon principles…

Not contesting for space… Not defending fixed points (Castle Defense)… Responding to feedback… Internalized efficiency… Training works wonders…    

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Awareness on the train

I’m not a fan of public transportation and use it sparingly. But I do use it. When convenience, expediency and the situation requires it, using public transportation can be an exercise in the awareness principles. Aside from terrorist attacks like … Continue reading

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Shaping the battlespace…

Using the environment, improvisation and expanding the possible for maximum advantage…    

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Hire a bodyguard or lead a less aggressive life…

Wisdom from Bruce Lee and his Way of the Intercepting Fist…    

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Aikido for Protection Details

Third person and dignitary protection tactics…

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7 Principles of Instant Defense

1. Awareness-Mind as Protection. 2. Distance your body safely. 3. Commit yourself to action. 4. Do multiple hits for each attack. 5. Grab hold, destroy their balance. 6. Take them down, close the gap. 7. Finish: Subdue or get away. … Continue reading

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