Stop Bullying! I get very worried looking at a lot of social media posts by martial art instructors who have never undergone the holistic training of traditional martial arts and are still stuck in the neanderthal, excitable and violent mindset that the only way to deal with bullying is to become like the bully and hit them. I grew up in that mindset on a South London Council Estate and would probably in prison for violence now if it hadn’t been for traditional martial arts. For the past 45 years I have taught extensively in the education system, to police … Continue reading Stop Bullying!
Written in January 2004….. It was a year ago that we last interviewed Dennis – and in Bob Sykes words “2003 has been the Dennis Jones year”. Writing the “Samurai on the Door” columns and working on a book with him has helped me to understand what makes him tick a little bit better. I think the most surprising quality about Dennis is his quiet manner. You only get to know anything about him in bits and pieces over a period of time and need a lot of perseverance and patience to get the whole picture. Dennis is … Continue reading DENNIS JONES 5th Dan
Tribute to Fuji Okimitsu 1939 – 2017 Iaido came to England by various routes and mention should be made here of Fuji Okimitsu (Jikiden style) who was born in 1939 in Saga Prefecture which is the old province of Hizen, a mecca of Martial Arts, famous for the Hagakure (Samurai spirit), he started training at the age of 7yrs playing Shinai Kyogi wearing white trousers, T shirt and rubber shoes using Fukuro Shinai (bamboo sword split into 16 canes and covered with a canvas bag) as the Martial Arts were banned by the American GHQ. Fuji Sensei was my … Continue reading Iaido – The Cutting Edge
Steve Rowe talks with Doorman and Martial Artist Dennis Jones… Giri: a debt of gratitude, duty, justice, obligation, a sense of honour SR Dennis, we were discussing the concept of “Giri” within the book “Hagakure” by Yanamoto Tsunetomo and the following story….. “Among Takeda Shingen’s retainers there were men of matchless courage, but when Katsuyori was killed in the fight at Tenmokuzan, they all fled. Tsuchiya Sozo, a warrior who had been in disfavour for many years , came out alone, however, and said, “I wonder where all the men are who spoke so bravely every … Continue reading Giri