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Blame It on the New Guy

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2014. Not to be used without permission

The technical differences between various lines of the same ryu are one of the things that many find hard to reconcile in the koryu world. At first glance one would think that varying lines within the same art should be more or less the same, but the reality is that more often than not they are anything but.

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“Newbie Questions”

Seen several times on several forums lately:

“Hi, I am a newer student and want to know more about the concept of ABC”

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Quick Update

Been extremely busy as for late so not much new material-wise for Acme Bugei. I have however officially started a page (with a design you might have seen somewhere) for the Hoki-ryu group I have been running for awhile now, as we seem to have more or less found a permanent home for training now. The url for the Hoki-ryu Seiyokai is http://hokiryuseiyokai.wordpress.com/

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The Professional

The Professional

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2010. Not to be used without permission

When one reads online about traditional Japanese martial arts and, in particular, the teachers of these arts, a common image seems to be fairly accepted. The teacher of traditional style martial arts (be it gendai or koryu) is expected to teach the arts for the art’s sake. A teacher does not and should not make money from their respective arts at whatever money is involved should only be enough to cover the expenses involved in obtaining and maintaining the place of practice. A profit is a definite no-no and the idea that a teacher (more…)

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Kata Practice: “Fixed” Forms?

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

Kata practice is the prevailing traditional method of study in Japan’s various classical martial pursuits (and most other cultural arts as well). While this method is the norm, it is not without its detractors, especially among more modern practitioners who prefer more free form methods of practice. The single largest complaint is that kata is “fixed” so (more…)

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Mae: The Kihon of Iai…

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

It is well established that the kata “Mae” (and the various other names it goes under depending on the ryu) is the single most important kata in all of the art of iai. This is the first kata taught in most ryu and also the first kata taught in all three of the major iai umbrella organizations’ sets of fixed kata. The basic (more…)

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How Full is Your Plate? (Or “Know When To Say When”)
By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

Probably most of us doing koryu know the feeling. Through whatever circumstances you have ended up in a situation where you have begun your training in a traditional ryuha. It is interesting, educational, challenging, frustrating, the list goes on and on. Wanting to learn more about your tradition you look around for books and search the net for more information. Depending on the tradition you are involved in, you may find much or little there. At some point you decide you should learn more about the historical and cultural context of times the your chosen ryuha developed, so you start looking into Japanese history. (more…)

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