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Ikigai - exploring traditional karate and martial arts. A karate and martial arts blog that explores theory, philosophy, technique, and more.

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In Memoriam: Shimabukuro Eizo, Hanshi of Shobayashi Ryu (1925-2017)

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:27:49 +0000

The martial arts world has lost one of its greatest luminaries. Shimabukuro Eizo, Hanshi, passed away on October 22, 2017. For most people, living to the age of 92 is considered most fortunate. However, Shimabukuro O’Sensei was so skilled in karate and so educated on the subjects of wellness, nutrition, and energy that many folks are surprised by this early passing. Truly Shimabukuro O’Sensei embodied the long-lived spirit of the Ryukyus, and the island chain burns a little less bright without his candle. Despite the heavy hearts of his family, friends, and students, we strive to celebrate the impact he […]

Reader Week III Coming Soon! Submit Your Article Now.

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:02:24 +0000

Well howdy. How’s it going? Whatcha been up to? Let me start off by pointing out the obvious – the past 2-3 years have not seen as much content on IkigaiWay as years past. The explanation: I have shifted a lot of my time and attention to creating books. It started of with “Tales from the Western Generation”, and has shifted to helping other martial arts authors achieve their publishing aspirations since then. I’m very happy about the whole thing, although it does mean that IkigaiWay is much less vibrant than it used to be. One thing I used to […]

Getting Started with Yoga (Tips for Martial Artists)

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:28:35 +0000

The more I study martial arts, the more intrigued I am by Yoga. For awhile I was turned off by the sheer trendiness of it. It seemed like another vapid attempt by Westerners to find quick-fix solutions via Eastern philosophies. I wasn’t wrong…a lot of that goes on, but I was throwing the baby out with the bath water. Luckily, as time has progressed, I’ve read more about what makes Yoga tick and I’ve interacted with some high quality martial artists who are also avid Yoga practitioners. So that led me to the question. I know it can be difficult […]

Now Available – The Limitless Spirit of the Martial Arts (Book)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:01:30 +0000

It’s my pleasure to announce the launch of “The Limitless Spirit of the Martial Arts”, by Marilyn Fierro Sensei. I was able to assist in the development and publication of the book, and it is always a great moment to see a project come to life. Who Is Marilyn Fierro Sensei? Marilyn Fierro Sensei, 9th Dan, is a pioneer in the Isshin Ryu world and a forerunner for women in the martial arts. She broke a number of stigmatized boundaries during her journey and found herself in circles previously reserved strictly for men. Fierro Sensei is a senior student of […]

Wherever the Path Leads – Now Available!

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:50 +0000

Interested in learning about the Vietnam conflict and the early days of karate in the USA and Okinawa from someone who was there? I thought you might be! I’m happy to announce the launch of “Wherever the Path Leads: One Marine’s Pursuit of the Karate Way through Okinawa, Vietnam, and the United States”. This is the autobiographical work of Larry Isaac, Hanshi, Okinawa Kenpo. Isaac Sensei was kind enough to bring me in as a collaborator on the writing, formatting, and publishing of the book. What’s in the Book? Isaac Sensei grew up in an era with a lot of […]

Upcoming Book: Wherever the Path Leads

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:53:01 +0000

I’d like to thank everyone for their patience over the past few months. Posting on IkigaiWay has been less steady than usual. The main reason is that I was super concentrated on the publication of Tales from the Western Generation. That was a massive undertaking and required all of my focus and skill to execute. I’m really pleased with the end result and the support the book has garnered. A special thanks to anyone who has picked up a copy. One of the guests in the book, Larry Isaac, Hanshi, Okinawa Kenpo, approached me shortly after the book went live. […]

Weapons Fighting (Kobudo Kumite) with Budo Buki Weapons

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:51:12 +0000

I love the weaponry of Okinawa and Japan. They offer different perspectives, nuance, and solutions to unique cultural problems. When handling these classical weapons it allows us to step back in time and feel what battle might have been like as warriors got up close and personal with their enemies. Of course…we can only replicate a fraction of their experiences while keeping our dojo partners fit and hole-free. In martial arts training, there is an inevitable slide away from the realism of ancient weapons fighting techniques. We simply don’t have the means of practically using these tools in day-to-day life. […]

Okinawa Part 5 – Modern Bases and Karate Meetings

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:52:11 +0000

As an average civilian, I don’t know much about military bases. Sure, I’ve seen “Stripes”, but that only gets you so far. When I found out one of our early stops was going to be Kadena Airbase, I was intrigued. The first order of business was to get proper guest credentials. They dropped me off at the multi-use U.S.O. while taking care of that. Admittedly, I was ok with the downtime because we had been doing a lot of travel and activities over the past few days. I found out upon landing that a sort of mild flu was running […]