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Speed versus Timing

I have been working on the translation of an old Japanese text on battlefield combat. The writing makes an interesting point that while speed is at the root of combative action, timing is […]

Mindset Again

It is always interesting to see how easily the advantages and the lessons learned from training combative patterns and techniques often go straight out the window when engaging sparring (particularly […]


The key to training is not the amount of people in a session, nor is it the amount of time spent. It is the amount of mindfulness put into the […]

“Training” and “Practice”

I have mentioned previously the distinction between “training” and “practice,” but just to reiterate, “practice” is repetition of learned movements/patterns for the purpose of “polishing” and/or bringing them to a […]

More on Combative Training Patterns

As mentioned previously, individual training patterns should be used as well for the perspective they provide on the other patterns. Bayonet patterns of movement should provide insights on the knife […]

Solo Training

Perhaps the most difficult part of solo training/practice is actually following through and doing it. Sometimes it’s so much easier to think of other things that I could be doing, […]

Fluid Mind, Fluid Body

Continuing with maintaining fluid action and uninterrupted mindset in training. One of the inhibitors of action (and mindset) is the tendency to let the right hand (dominant hand) take control […]


In a recent training session, two of us concentrated on refining points regarding integrating one’s body actions in order to get a better understanding of attacking/waiting in relation to the […]

Assualtive Mind – Death Dealing Sword/ Life Preserving Sword

During a recent training we were concentrating on three distinct attacking techniques that we have been working on for the past couple of weeks. There is nothing intrinsically special about […]

Flexibility of Combative Training Patterns (Kata)

As I’ve commented on previously, practicing training patterns can tend to force the different individual patterns into separate compartments: the bayonet version is done this way; the knife version is […]

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