To do Kata – Or not to do Kata?

My interest in Kata has increased lately. I thought it would change my view on Kata, and maybe how we used it. It has not! I am stronger in my opinion in this case than before. Let me explain… First of all, I believe that you get good at what you practice. You can practice […]

The easiest truth

Although I “grew up” in a Dojo where Kihon was the meat and potatoes of the practise, and although I have always been intrigued by Kata, I have focused on everything BUT Kihon and Kata since I started my own Dojo. Why? First, let’s look at what Kihon and Kata is.  Kihon is basic techniques, practised […]

Brown going black

The Black Belt is of course a holy grail in the martial arts community. I often talk and write about it, and so does everybody else. I would like to take a moment to talk about the “space” between 1 Kyu (brown belt) and 1 Dan. The reason that the subject came up can be […]

Tie your belt like a Gracie? part 2

A while back I made a post about the “Gracie” way of tying the belt. I also made a comment about Mifune, and the way he had his belt tied. These days I stumbled upon two photos that gives a new insight to this, but leaves the question marks as bent as before. First is […]

Aikido Blog

On an award ceremony this Spring I met an Aikidoka called Jakob Blomquist, who also got an award. Not all martial artists ended up at the same dinner table, but luckily we did! We talked a bit, and hopefully it can lead to some sort of cooperation in the future. Anyway, I wanted to share […]

Joseki

Joseki means something like an honorary seat in the Dojo. Normally it would be one specific side in the layout of the room, but due to structural issues we use it as a term to make a difference between the Shomen (where the teacher/leader sit) and the place where we would put the honorary judges […]

Kataaro

For Fredrik Sjövalls black belt graduation I wanted to give him a belt, something he would be proud to receive, and something I would be proud to give. There are decent belts, but since I am allergic to having embroidery that can be seen on the back of the belt, it doesn’t leave many options. […]

Black Belt thoughts

This Saturday I had the honor of receiving my 3rd Dan. First a Throwback an entire Decade. In April of 2008 I did my original black belt testing. I was more nervous than ever before, but I think I made it quite well for the time. Just one year later I was asked to do […]

Schroedinger’s black belt

I suppose you have heard of Schroedinger, and the cat that might be both alive and dead. I thought about it the other day, since I recently came across a bunch of people that (for two different reasons) both were and were not black belts. How is this possible? Unlike the cat, they are not […]

Two mistakes with black belt graduations

For me, there are two problems with black belt graduations in general, and specifically in Ju Jutsu. “It must be equal for everybody” might be a good standard for boxers! If you want to be a good boxer, you can’t avoid practicing your jab, hook, and so on. In Taekwondo it’s the same. You can’t […]