Words of Experts – Robert John

Robert John is one of the first students of Akuzawa sensei and one of the Hanshi of the school. Rob is passionate about body movement and development of skills in an efficient way. He’s also a fantastic teacher, able to deconstruct skills back to basics making them easy to comprehend for all. […]

Words of experts – a rather different form of interviews

2018 is a special year for me since it marks my 20 years of practice, but also my 10 years in Hong Kong and the 10 years of my blog (in French) on martial arts. It is therefore a moment to look at what has been accomplished, but more importantly to look forward.

Thinking about it, I realized I had a number of questions that I did not have an answer to and yet seemed rather useful. I racked my brains for several months on these questions […]

Food for thought – Walking

Walking is one of the most basic and common human activities. From a very young age and from the moment we are able to move, walking replaces any other mode of locomotion that doesn’t use a vehicle and is therefore an integral part of us. The ways of walking, on the other hand, diverge, and one could almost say that there are as many as there are people, since we all build walking patterns that are recognizable from afar. […]

Ne Waza – The art of moving on the ground

Ne Waza, or groundwork is not a strength of Nihon Tai Jitsu, if it is not totally absent from the curriculum it has to be clear it is not and has never been a strategic focus of the school, and it probably represents less than 10% of our teaching. However, that remains an important part for a number of reasons. […]

Soften up!

Martial arts require a variety of skills for the adept to become proficient. These go from body skills (feeling heavy, being connected, being elastic are some of the possible options here), to learning techniques to being able to apply both in free situations, and of course developing some mental qualities with regards to dealing with the stress of a martial encounter. […]

Be the change

In the recent New Zealand workshops, I put quite a bit of focus on two ideas: mobility and quality of contact. Mobility can be done at a variety of levels, be it very basic head/sternum/diaphragm/pelvis realignment or something way more complex involving multiple layers in the body, but they all have to deal in some way with the quality of contact. […]