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Martial Arts Topics / First Brent Lewis CD recommendation
« on: March 31, 2006, 06:43:36 AM »

I'm in the mood to pick up a new CD to play during workouts. I've enjoyed the Brent Lewis clips I've heard in the DBMA DVDs and sample online video clips.  Can you recommend a particular CD title to start the collection with?

Thank you,

Chuck Rives

Martial Arts Topics / Craftydog Seminar in Tulsa OK
« on: January 24, 2006, 06:12:41 PM »
SIWs sounds great to me!

I will be coming in from out of town but won't need a hotel room.  I have family in Tulsa and will stay with them.  Thanks for the effort on your parts to put on and organize the seminar.'


Martial Arts Topics / Kendo
« on: January 05, 2006, 03:51:33 PM »
some say it was the only draw of MM. where did you read it was defeat?

Well, now that you mention it, I don't remember reading that.  It's been since the 1980's since I read MM's biography.  I probably just amplified the results in my mind in the passing years.

Martial Arts Topics / Kendo
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:37:16 AM »
A related art to Kendo would be Jodo.  Which is explicitly a Japanese stick art using a short staff (if one tip of the staff is on the ground the other comes to your solar plexus or your armpit . . . usually about 50-inches for Americans.)  The most common system (Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo) is a hybrid blend of sword, long staff, halberd and spear techniques.

That system has an interesting history.  Muso was a bo-staff fighter who lost a challenge match against Japan's greatest known swordsman Myamoto Musashi.  Afterward, Muso was distraught and prayed and meditated extensively. During his prayers, he struck upon the idea of cutting his Bo down to Jo size so he could use it with both sword and long staff techniques.  He developed the system and became the only fighter to ever defeat Myamoto Musashi in a challenge (stick vs. bokken) sparring match.

It's fairly rare to find a Shindo Muso Ryu class alone in the US but they are out there.  Often (oddly) you find them with Aikido schools.  When Aikidoka teach Jodo, you often see them emphasizing the footwork and get-off-the-line-of-attack movements.  

This is a fun thread and my first DB forum posting.  I'll look forward to reading more on this.


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