The ’80s Ninja Boom

If you remember the martial arts phenomenon known as the “Ninja Boom” of the 1980s, then you will likely remember names like Stephen K. Hayes, Bud Malmstrom, Masaaki Hatsumi, etc.  They graced […]

What is Shugyo?

Musha shugyō (武者修行) is a samurai warrior’s quest or pilgrimage. The concept is similar to the Chinese Youxia, or Knight Errantry in feudal Europe. A warrior, called a shugyōsha, would wander the […]

Relson Gracie

Recognized as the world’s leading expert in self defense instruction, Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie.  Helio Gracie is credited as the innovator of the […]

The Machados

I got invited to attend one of the Machado Brother gatherings in Farmer’s Branch, TX by Master Carlos Machado.  Of course I accepted!  It was a very informative two days of jiu […]

Demian Maia Seminar

Back in September I got the opportunity to attend a seminar conducted in KC by UFC Middleweight and multi-time BJJ world champion, Demian Maia. The seminar was simply awesome! Although the techniques […]