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July 13, 2017

Below is an article that I wrote for my karate students on the subject of shoshin or "beginner's mind."  The West was introduced to this concept perhaps most eloquently in the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.  Koryu Crafts has named one of our sw...

April 6, 2017

Any student who has spent much time studying with me has probably heard me make a connection between martial arts and magic -- the principle of misdirection is central to both disciplines, and few have studied misdirection as thoroughly as successful magicians. Magicia...

January 19, 2017

In terms of Japanese swords, my specialty is the tsuka or handle.  For me, the tsuka is the unsung hero of the sword world.  If you disagree, try using a sword without it!  I think of it almost like a car’s steering wheel: you can have a Ferrari, but if the steering wh...

January 17, 2017

Owen and I, the founders of Koryu Crafts, are both practitioners of the sword arts.  As a result, we usually stock our company with the products that we would like to use ourselves!  One of the most important items that we use at virtually every single class meeting is...

January 10, 2017

I first ran across the concept of En Zū in my Zen studies.  Its importance was underscored for me when I saw that Zen master Robert Aitken selected the calligraphy for this term as the cover art for his translation (with Yamada Kōun) of the Hekigan Roku (Blue Cliff Rec...

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