Of course, I’m referring to my set of notes on Aiki Jo.  As it is, it just needs to be illustrated, either with photographs or drawings.  I have received a lot of technical feedback and help from Alejandro Villanueva and Jason Wotherspoon.  Surely, there is a lot that would not have happened in this set of notes were it not for the generous back and forth emails of these two splendid martial artists.

In the course of compiling these notes, I have had a number of questions raised, and even a few answered.  I tried my best to share the answers in my manual, while not stirring up any new mysteries based on any misunderstanding of my own.  Fortunately, I was able to draw on another resource that helped out immensely: Guro Dan Inosanto’s notes on Kali and JKD.

Don’t get excited.  I’m not sitting here next to him going through his notes.  A simple search on Scribd for “Inosanto Kali” will yield the sort of results I’m talking about.  The way that Kali is organized, while not fitting along exactly side by side with Aikido, should certainly inspire some organization to our practice.  Surely, Kanai Sensei and Saito Sensei, two men known for their exacting and technical nuance, would have appreciated the way that Guro Inosanto keeps his own practice methods severely organized for future students to look after.


Ikkyo is usually the first technique that a beginner learns.


It’s rather early.  I don’t know anyone else that is awake right now.  I’m about to enjoy a nice 6 a.m. hookah, clean my room, and then go train.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  I thought so.  The party is tonight. If you don’t know, and you want to go, let me know – I’ll make sure you have the information.  Tomorrow’s my birthday!!!  I don’t have anything plan-wise set in stone.  Any stone cutters out there?


Miss me?

I’ve been busy.

The dojo has been a most rewarding activity in my life yet. It has forced me to take my training and my role as a instructor seriously. In the past year, I have learned a lot about the mindset of a martial artist as a instructor. There are a lot a considerations, some very old from ancient dojos, and some modern considerations as well.

I have learned that it is very important to train seriously. Every training session should be carried out with a stern mind and a serious heart. I am responsible and accountable for every facet of my school. Lineage for example, is a great concern. It is important to represent well anyone that you  claim as lineage. Simply posting a picture on a site or throwing someone’s name out is never as good as being who you say you are. If you have the goods, most people won’t look further.