WHAT IS A DOJO 道場 ?

Like so much that is memorized, unquestioned and repeated, when asked what is a dojo, most students reflexively respond, it is the place (jo) of the way (do). Rather than accepting this standard and perhaps narrow definition, we should consider how the term dojo was described by great martial masters.   According to the...

A lesson on loyalty – Hachiko the dog 

All traditional martial art systems are bound to concepts of Giri 義理(obligation, duty, justice) and On 恩 (a debt of gratitude for kindness given). True loyalty is born of these concepts. Maybe our canine friends understand it best. From Yomiuri Shimbun, English Edition. Noted professor of agriculture science at Tokyo University, Eizaburo Ueno for some time wanted...

The Empty Cup Runneth Over

Mushin 無心, an essential element of martial expression, is defined as an empty or unfettered mind, liberated from thought, preconception or emotion. In a state of mushin, the eyes focus, breathing and heart-rate slow, and we shift into a calm, perfect alertness that facilitates reflexive reaction, i.e. in response to an attack. Beyond this level...