Lineage in Martial Arts is Mostly Stupid

Tweet Martial arts Internet forums are full of some of the biggest collections of haters I’ve ever seen. There’s so much trolling by low self-esteem chairborne warriors that these things are nearly 100% useless. One of the things that frequently comes up is the topic of lineage. Who’s your teacher, who is their teacher, who’s […]

Where did the Japanese martial arts originate?

Tweet The exact origins of some Japanese martial arts can be difficult to pin down. There are some important concepts about the external influences that can help us understand where these systems came from. First, it’s important to understand the concepts of koryu and gendai. Koryu (literally old school) martial arts, in Japan, predate the […]

Budo, Bugei, or Bujutsu?

Tweet Japanese is an interesting language in that many terms have no direct translation into English. Single sounds can carry worlds of conotation and, when combined with other sounds, produce rich meanings beyond direct translation. In Japanese, there are 3 almost interchangeable terms which are used to mean “martial arts” – Budo, Bugei, and Bujutsu. […]