Black Belt Advanced Training '06

Our year-end advanced Black Belt seminar drew top To-Shin Do Black Belts from across the USA, from California to Colorado to Carolina to Maine to Massachusetts to Florida. We celebrated our 10th year anniversary of To-Shin Do development with advanced interpretive training based on Koto Ryu Koppojutsu katas Ten-Chi and Kyo-Gi, along with skilled grappler […]

Fundamental Angling Footwork

Here’s an out-take from Festival 2006, focusing in on some fundamental Gyokko Ryu footwork. Notice how real this looks. That’s the To-Shin hallmark – taking the classics and teaching them in a way that brings them into fresh relevance in the modern age. CLICK HERE for information on how to get your own 3-DVD set […]

Vajrakilaya Phurba at Sakya Centre

Today is my 57th birthday, and I am living at the Sakya Centre monastery in the wooded stretch between Dehradun and Rajpur, northern India, not far from the forbidden Tibet border. I came here to study a powerful mind transformation method for channeling what most of us would call typical human weaknesses into warrior powers […]

Kumamoto Budokan Demonstration

Rumiko and I went to the annual Kumamoto Budokan kobudo martial arts demonstration for the day. A substantial list of martial arts masters from the Kumamoto area performed demonstrations of their swordsmanship, archery, bojutsu, jujutsu, and shurikenjutsu for the small crowd. The Kumamoto Budokan is a wonderfully traditional structure with a wide-open wooden floor, high […]

Masaaki Hatsumi Visit

Rumiko and I rode the trains to Noda City for training at Masaaki Hatsumi’s Bujinkan Hombu dojo on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It was a nostalgic feeling to walk the streets of Noda once again, and I was amazed at how much the small industrial city has not changed in the 30 years I have […]

Moriteru Uyeshiba Aikido Visit

I visited the Aikido Hombu dojo in the Ikebukuro section of Tokyo as a guest to watch the 6:30 am class taught by 3rd generation Doshu (“Master of the Way” – title of the headmaster of Aikido) Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba was kind and welcoming to me personally, […]