Category: Budo Articles

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 5

An Interview with a Master: Part 5.   Q: Uchi Deshi is not your first book, you have also translated two other books Jinsei and Shugyo. What made you translate these two books? A: Two things, first it was my way to study Japanese, so that was my personal training, Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 4

An Interview with a Master: Part 4. Q: Do you think the training you did has had a big influence on your life? A: Yes, because you don’t think too much, you just do. It teaches you how to concentrate, to focus and to put everything into whatever you are Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 3

An Interview with a Master: Part 3.   I changed the way I was thinking and training to just focus on him and what he was doing. To really focus on him; how he was walking, what kind of personal training he was doing, and so on – instead of Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei –

An Interview with a Master: Part 1.   We have had the great opportunity here at Tozando to interview one of the great masters of Aikido. This man’s name is Jacques Payet Shihan, and he holds the rank of 8th dan in Yoshinkan aikido. Jacques Payet Sensei has been practicing Read More

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Sakakibara Kenkichi – The Father of Kendo?

When it comes to kendo and its development, it is difficult to point towards a definitive “father” of kendo. Naito Takaharu and Takano Sasaburo are often given such praise. It goes without saying that modern kendo would likely be a very different activity if not for their influence (if it Read More

Kyoto Butokuden

The 8th Dan – This is how I passed Vol.2

Katsuno Shintaro (Aichi Prefecture) I was taught that “you must show each other the best of yourselves” and to care for the harmony between yourself and your opponent. I recently was able to pass on my 10th attempt. As this examination is a great milestone for myself, I did not Read More

Kyoto Butokuden

The 8th Dan – This is how I passed Vol.1

Shirota Masayuki (Saitama Prefecture) Take great care to control your physical health. It was after 9 years and 17 attempts from when I had first began taking the exam. The first few times I took it I tried not to be too conscious of it. I just cleared my mind Read More