Everyday Samurai - Page 9 of 10 - Empowering your victorious life!

Reminiscing on a seminar with Waka Sensei

“Upon opening the door to a dark room you do not have to wait for even an instant before the light floods in.  This is the proper timing of aikido technique.” Such was the advice of Yasuhiro Saito, the young master, “Waka Sensei” of Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai and son of Saito Hitohira Juku-cho, during […]

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Warrior Mindfulness Mindfulness is a practice designed to minimize the discursive thoughts taking place within our mental atmosphere and opening the field of perception to a greater sense of awareness.  Mindfulness practices have been developed over many centuries by the monastic, religious, and even warrior disciplines as a means of creating more choice in individual lives […]

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Contrasting Republics: Nigeria and the US

When I posted some good news about the Civilian Marksmanship Program finally releasing some 1911 pistols for sale through an upcoming lottery, a friend from Nigeria wrote how he had changed his mind about gun rights.  He said that increasing insecurity would everyone having a gun for their own protection. Nigerian legislation strictly prohibits civilian […]

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Standing On The Bridge

Law enforcement is a profession that compels you to walk several different fine lines.  As a public position you are asked to apply the law while weighing individual rights with public safety.  You must consider agency policies while responding to the reality of each moment in the field.  You are a public servant, yet have an obligation to […]

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It’s All Energy

Embedded Energy The maxim learned in most elementary science courses teaches that matter can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only transform its shape or composition.  Einstein’s theory of relativity showed the world that matter is equivalent to energy in motion (E=MC2).  Further advancements in quantum physics reveal that there is but one source of […]

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Virtue Of A Sincere Attack

Often times while training in the martial arts a challenge arises when a partner reluctantly attacks or deliberately diverts an attack so as to reduce the potential for harm.  As an example, rather than striking directly into the face of their training partner, they direct the attack just slightly away.  Presumably, they do this as […]

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Personal Defense Skills

Mike Gillette Real Life Defense

Do you need personal defense skills in a hurry? High-level samurai developed their techniques over a lifetime starting at a very young age.  Everyone in Japan counts their age from New Year’s Day, regardless of what month or day they were actually born on.  On the fifth day of the fifth month of the fifth year of […]

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