31 Aug

Teachers, Students, Gurus and Fools

gurus, guru, karate, kobudo, sensei, student

I like Okinawa. The island, people, language, food, culture, so I suppose it goes without saying that I like Okinawa Karate-do and Kobudo. Heck, I might even go so far as to say that I’m someone who also likes to write about its philosophy, culture, history, language, and techniques. Why? Well being the simpleton that I am its because I find it interesting and enjoyable – when it stops being fun, I’ll stop (and I mean not just writing, but practice as well).  Read More

10 Aug



Yoshimura Hiroshi Sensei

I was emailing my Kobudo teacher, Yoshimura sensei, this past weekend to work out the details for his visit this coming November. Suffice it to say, I am both nervous and excited about seeing him, but I really shouldn’t be. He is a very relaxed individual, “easy-going” quickly comes to mind when I think about him. “Humble” would be another word; you would never catch him referring to himself as “shihan” or some other ridiculous title. He definitely doesn’t suffer from “shihan-itis.” Read More

06 Aug

No, I’m not practicing a martial art!

martial art, Amami, Yoshimura Hiroshi, Kobudo, Vancouver, BC

With Yoshimura sensei & students in Amami 2014

A term that I’ve always disliked is “martial art”. It’s ubiquitous and is used (IMO) indiscriminately not only among students and teachers, but also by the public to describe any sort of combative practice; from Tae Kwon Do to Karatedo to MMA to Tenshin Katori Shinto-ryu. It seems to be a “catch-all” phrase, at least in the English language anyway. From an Okinawa Karatedo perspective using the term “martial art” is problematic for a couple of reasons which I’d like to discuss. Read More

19 Jul

Upcoming Seminar

Gokenki Students

This Saturday I’ll be hosting Fred Lohse (www.kodokanboston.org) and Russ Smith (www.burinkan.org) who will be teaching a session on the connection between Feeding Crane and White Eyebrow Kung fu to Karate-do. If you’re interested in attending, please do. Or if you have any questions, email me at: kowakandojo@gmail.com

When: Saturday, July 23, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Vancouver Mind Body Centre: 4364 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

This will be a no-gi event. Just wear some comfortable clothing and bring some water.

Suggested minimum donation for the seminar is $25

See you there!