Kashima Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu – 41st All Japan Kobudo Embu

https://youtu.be/s46HECVeUS8 The Kashima Shinto Ryu is a koryu that is thought to influence the teaching of Aikido founder, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. As taught within the Iwama Ryu of Aikido, the first Aikiken teachings are the same as this ryuha showing an obvious connection. In fact, as taught within in Iwama Ryu, most Aikido taijutsu and... Read more

Yoshinkan Shihan Joe Thambu

Joe Thambu in Munich 2013 – Aikido Yoshinkan

https://youtu.be/bAelbWHdjkc Excellent Aikido demonstration by Shihan Joe Thambu of the Yoshinkan. His home dojo is the Shudokan in Melbourne, Australia. Yoshinkan Aikido is the pre-WWII influenced Aikido of Gozo Shioda, founder and Kancho of the Yoshinkan. It is a powerful style with a rigid adherence to drills and kihon. It is also the chosen form... Read more

Aikido Dento Iwama Ryu

https://youtu.be/jYj0hhqG1Jo This is a great video showing insights into the Aikido of Dento Iwama Ryu as preserved by Morihiro Saito and now championed by his son, Hitohira. Iwama Ryu is the Aikido of the founder, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, during his time living and teaching in Iwama. The curriculum is broader than Aikikai Aikido and contains... Read more

Traveling and full-time RV trips in Green Cove Springs Florida

Hello Green Cove Springs…

In February my family and I unintentionally settled in Green Cove Springs, FL which is a small town set along the St. Johns River. I say "unintentionally" because we had only intended to stay on nearby Camp Blanding, a Florida National Guard base, for a month to get caught up on things. You see, we'd... Read more

Carlos Machado’s Infinite Jiu Jitsu DVD Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-nJveIWAGI Master Carlos Machado, nephew to Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, has been releasing old video instructionals on his YouTube channel. The quality of instruction is excellent as Master Carlos covers positional techniques and shares some great tips and principles that will accelerate your Jiu Jitsu. This is his Infinite Jiu Jitsu DVD series that... Read more

Carlos Machado Mount Escapes and Guard Passing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TH30QigUoQ Master Carlos Machado, nephew of Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie, has been uploading some old instructional videos recently on his YouTube channel. I'll post links to all of them as I think they are simply excellent. Thanks to Master Carlos for these. I've gotten to train with him several times over the years at... Read more

Another trip through Texas

While we were still on the road and traveling in our RV fulltime back in June of last year, I had the opportunity to again stop in and train with Saad Al-Aziz and his wife, Suay, at their school, Semper Fortis Jiu Jitsu, in San Antonio. San Antonio has a special place for my wife... Read more

Matsuda-den Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu Renshinkan

I recently started a discussion with Renshinkan Kancho and Matsuda-den Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu Menkyo Kaiden, Michio Takase, concerning his branch of the school and its techniques. Takase Sensei has also added some additional 'flavor' to techniques that are uniquely his own. He is passionate about teaching and preserving the old ways, but also is on... Read more

Rickson vs Zulu

https://youtu.be/WNH_WWHQsVM In 1980, Rickson Gracie, Hélio Gracie’s third biological son, faced Rei Zulu in his first ever vale tudo match. The fight lasted 12 minutes. Zulu tossed Rickson out of the ring three times. For most of the fight, Zulu, who was much bigger, manhandled Rickson. Legend says Zulu faced and beat over 100 men before facing... Read more