According to the Budo Charter drawn up in 1987 by Nippon Budō Kyōgikai, it is important that teachers and students “maintain an open-minded and international perspective” in their martial practice. The reason why is simple: keeping this kind of attitude, both the conservation and the evolution and progress of any art are more effectively guaranteed. This is the way it goes in all fields of knowledge: science, art, and technology tend to flourish and prosper Leggi tutto
The relationship between form and substance, between kata and Kumite, is often debated by martial arts practitioners. Which punctually divide themselves in those who are ready to swear and perjure on the usefulness or uselessness of the first as a function of the second. As I see it, these discussions demonstrate just how minority is, in the martial art world, the propensity for speculative thinking and Zen practice, despite being closely related to Budo and Leggi tutto
Traditional martial arts are not a sport – or to say it better: they are not just a sport and, according to the numerous scientific researches conducted on this subject, they can produce effects not only on health and fitness but also on one’s emotional and psychic balance, promoting, in fact, a holistic development capable of radically transforming for the better – and in all aspects – the quality of life of the practitioners. We Leggi tutto
A study published on the Journal of Sport and Health Science in 2016 and disseminate by website compared two different training methods’ effectiveness on older adults’ cognitive functions: traditional karate training versus normal western fitness training. Here is a summary of this scientific study, which, for those wishing to learn more, can be fully consulted going to the following link: Comparing the effectiveness of karate and fitness training on cognitive functioning in older adults Leggi tutto
Author: Ashleigh Johnstone Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training also need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity. Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may be down to a better control of muscle movement in the brain, rather than increased muscular strength. Other studies have also found that children who practise taekwondo achieve better maths Leggi tutto
PRIME – Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education is a project co-funded by the European Union Programme ERASMUS+, and intends to develop a high-quality coaching framework to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in martial arts in Europe. PRIME framework is the first in its kind, and falls under the context of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and of other internationals standards in the sector, such as the International Sport Coaching Framework. Leggi tutto
Another Wado-ryu Grand Master has passed away. Hideho Takagi Sensei, Chairman of the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-kai Technical Committee, died after having struggled for a long time against a bad disease. He had just turned seventy-six. Hideho Takagi, along with Toru Arakawa (who died in 2015), has been the maximum technical reference instructor for JKF Wadokai, in Japan and in the whole world, in the last thirty years. Always showing himself smiling and available, ready Leggi tutto
When it was time to leave and we started the farewell, I surprised myself giving kisses, hugs and speaking words of affection to the people with whom, for the whole week, I had exchanged (maybe) a fleeting glance or a nod of the head. I found them in front of me, these people, and I felt them damn family, even though I barely knew their nationality. I felt that between them and me there was Leggi tutto
Contrary to the thought of many, it is not the pupil who owes loyalty to the master, but the master to the pupil. As Taisen Deshimaru explains in his book The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, the original bujutsu (art of war) became budo (way of martial arts) after meeting Zen philosophy. With the transition from bujutsu to budo the martial arts ceased to be just fighting methods to become a path of physical, Leggi tutto
I have already told you about Roberto Danubio and his Summer Camp, but I have never told you anything about the Wado Spirit, the seminar held every year in December in his Dojo in Weinfelden, Switzerland, a stone’s throw from Lake Constance. And I did not tell you anything because I never had the chance to go there, before December 2nd of this year. Weinfelden is a small town in the north of Switzerland, capital Leggi tutto

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