Martial Arts, Martial Sports, and Martial Journeys

“Martial arts” is a generic tern, which in most peoples’ minds includes any kind of physical activity with elements of self-defense or prepares against some kind of physical violence.  However, I think it causes a lot of confusion to lump all systems, styles, and activities together, and in the end drives away potential students who cannot […]

Sensei Bruce Bookman: Why Aikido Is The Hardest Martial Art

This article was written with Bookman Sensei, and based upon an interview with him during his visit to Tampa in February 2016.   Every martial art I have trained in besides Aikido has some common mindsets.  In particular, there is the assumption that we can always control our partner and the situation, and if we don’t […]

Kenji Ushiro Shihan: We Must Think Like Thieves

Kenji Ushiro Shihan is one of the most preeminent instructors of Karate-do alive today. He holds the rank and titles of 8th dan / Hanshi of Soshinkan Karatedo, 7th dan / Kyoshi of Iaido in the All-Japan Kendo Federation, and Founder and instructor of the Jissen Juku in Tokyo, Japan. I met him in 2005 […]

Thoughts on Being Martial

The concept of “being martial” has two components, the physical manifestation and the state of mind. To me it is more of a state of mind. This concept seems to evade a lot of non-competitive martial artists but is very prevalent in competition Karate. Your technique is predicated on the actions and position of your opponent. If […]

Aikido Lessons for the Karate Student

After training for long enough, most Karate practitioners will eventually reach a plateau. Some plateaus can be overcome simply continuing to train regularly; however, other plateaus may be overcome more efficiently by exploring another art. Aikido is an excellent pathway for returning Karate students to a period of growth in their training. Aikido and Karate […]

Ten Tips for Picking the Best Martial Art School

How do I Choose the Right Martial Art School for Me and My Family? You are about to make an important and lasting decision.  You intuitively understand that picking a martial art has more implications for long-term mental and physical health then just picking a gym or fitness activity. You probably don’t know much about […]

2013 Nidan Promotions

On December 30, 2013, three members of the Aikido Chuseikan community were tested in front of a panel of shihan (master instructors) and promoted to nidan (2nd degree black belt). Each expressed confidence, bearing, and their own personalities, and made our Dojo proud. The tremendous focus and preparation they undertook was clear in the quality […]

Perception and Injury, and the Martial Artist’s Road to Healing

Human perception is amazing. If a thumbtack got stuck in you, you would yelp and try to remove it. If you couldn’t remove it by any means, within a week you would grow to spend part of your day not thinking about the discomfort it causes you. Within a month, you would start permanently distorting […]

Open House Demonstration Video

Clips from the Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay Dojo “Open House” class and demonstration, with Sensei Guy Hagen, Sensei Don Ellingsworth, and Sensei Melissa Bell. The Aikido Chuseikan school is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and World Aikido Headquarters, and opened for adult and family martial arts instruction on March 9, 2013.