“Martial Intent” Probably Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

I’ve trained in many martial arts and martial sports.  Countless times I heard various senseis tell us to “keep martial intent!”  While all arts and sports are designed to be practiced safely, our teachers often remind us that there is a very serious side to what we practice, and we are often reminded to keep […]

In Search of the Divine Sword

O Sensei told us we must seek to make our techniques all divine techniques, but we overlook the mystery and mastery in techniques that happen to every one of us every time we train. In Zen Buddhism, the principle of mushin can be interpreted as “everyday mind”, implying that a sublimely, deeply unified state of spirituality is […]

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 […]

Battlefield Zen – Embracing The Storm

Inner Peace Versus Outer Peace There is an old story about a hermit who lived on top of a lonely mountain, and sought to find true inner peace and harmony with the universe. After years of meditating under waterfalls and listening only to silence, he felt he had found what he sought, and decided to […]