Blue Belt Reishiki and Attitude

Each new belt rank introduces a novel set of skills and experiences. These often require you to consider additional etiquette practices. They also require that you understand how you might initially react to new situations so you can avoid embarrassment and offending another practitioner. Reishiki The primary new skill you encounter in this belt is Read More …

Chikama, Ittoma, Toma Ma Ai

refers to the engagement distance between yourself and an opponent. How you might elect to move can be determined by the magnitude of this distance. There are three primary distances that we consider when deciding how to move. Chikama Chikama (or Chika Ma) refers to a short distance. This usually means that the opponent is Read More …

Bunkai

In Japanese Bunkai means disassembly, dismantling, or analysis. In mathematical terms it refers to factorization. When used in a martial arts context it usually refers to analysis, explanation, or justification for a movement or series of movements. In essence it means knowing why and ultimately the purpose for performing a sequence of actions. But the term Read More …