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Ep29: Pragmatic Scaling

Pragmatic Scaling

Rather than focusing on doomsday insurgencies against tyranny, like a recent ammo.com article described, it’s more pragmatic to use the Constitutional prescription for the security of a free state. It’s time to change the narrative on the use of arms in a just society, particularly to curtail the designs of rogue officials. Strategies from the […]

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Iwama Embu 2018

Iwama Aikido Embukai 2018

Iwama Aiki Shurenkai 2018 Embu The Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai, led by Kaicho Saito Hitohira, conducted their annual public “embu kai” demonstration in Tomobe, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in June 2018. The video of Saito Kaicho conducting a variety of paired sword practices and sword takeaways illustrates the precise nature of aikido as practiced under his […]

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Attack Cop Steal Gun

Toyam Police Officer

An attack where least expected Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world, yet a recent case highlights that an attack can emerge when least expected. A 21-year-old former Ground Self Defense Force member surprised a police officer in Toyama, stabbed him, and took his revolver.  The attack continued as he went […]

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Hear One, Know Ten

Hear One Know Ten

Hear One, Know Ten Anyone familiar with Japanese culture or has taken a course on doing business in Japan may be familiar with the phrase: hear one, know ten. This is normally stated as: 一言えば十をしる (ichi ieba ju wo shiru). The statement alludes to the situational awareness and social attentiveness, characteristic of Japan, that allows […]

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8 Points For Realistic Aikido Training

Origin and Intent Aikido and other samurai derived martial arts are properly referenced with the understanding that everyone is armed, or has the potential to be so.  For this reason, authentic aikido training is ideally suited for military, law-enforcement, and high-risk security personnel. Aikido was chiefly informed by Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu, which was a descendent curriculum […]

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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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