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Archive for June, 2009

Embukai: Learning By Putting It On The Line

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

Next month brings the annual dojo embukai which has lead me think about the whole experience that is “demonstrating”. Like everything in martial arts, there are various opinions about embukai. Some question the value for doing these public demonstrations while others find them to be of great value. As in all things, my opinion is a resounding “it depends”.

Arguments against embukai tend to say that public demonstrations of martial arts (more…)

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Hitting the Library

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

Anyone who has been in Japan for an extended period of time probably has days where they wonder if all the trouble is worth it. Obviously the training is what keeps us here many days, but after a few years that old standby starts to lose its appeal. Some days we have to look hard for reasons to stay. Other days it can be pretty easy. Today was one of those easy days.

I’ve been walking by the prefectural library here fairly regularly since 1998, but have never actually gone inside until today. Last week someone I knew had mentioned they had come across some iai related makimono in the library’s catalog, and having nothing better to do today, I decided on a trip in to investigate. While probably an under-used resource, Japanese libraries can be a fantastic place for us budo nuts living here in budo (more…)

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Social Context and the Internet
By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

The internet has been a boon to practitioners of the traditional martial arts. Never before has it been so easy to get reliable information on just about any art quickly. Getting into contact with serious practitioners, finding groups of like-minded individuals to discuss ideas, exchange stories, and just generally network with is now possible in (more…)

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors
By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

While online martial art forums sometimes drive me nuts, I do find the process of participating on them invaluable at times to my own learning process. Conversations can take unexpected turns that force me to think about, clarify and even reconsider my own views. Recently a discussion happened where the topic of training with mirrors came up. I personally (more…)

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Kenshi247 has posted another one of my ramblings. Check it out HERE.

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