Hoshinjutsu Budo Ryu

A Gentle Reminder

March 15, 2019

If there’s one thing I can truly be grateful to the MMA phenomenon for, its the blunt force trauma style testing of what they do in their sport. One of the spill over effects of this MMA “king of the mountain”, “take all challengers” type mentality has been them exposing how fake all the woo … Continue reading

Doc Memorial 2017

April 5, 2017

It was great to see everyone and meet some for the first time. One of the greatest benefits, to my mind, is listening at these events, listening between mat time. There is so much history and so many gold nuggets of info and insight that provide context for the art of Hoshin. I was able … Continue reading

A Persevering Journey

September 22, 2016

On the occasion of receiving my black belt in the Hoshin Ryu I was asked by Shihan Brady Hansen for my thoughts on training in the system.  This is not an easy question for me and it does not lend itself to a casual answer. Background Let me start with a little background about myself. … Continue reading

You Get What You Pay For

June 23, 2016

There are many of us who love martial arts. In times past we would be able to dedicate our lives to training. Professional MMA fighters spend full time hours training eating the right foods taking the right supplements and maintaining the right amount of discipline to be able to keep their status as a professional fighter. For the … Continue reading

Finding Center

October 14, 2015

Finding Center Hoshin found me last summer, as my life seemed to be crumbling. I’d just quit graduate school in Virginia, and was in denial about what that meant. I had all sorts of big ideas about how to put myself “back on track” to mundane success. Joel Shihan was leading a weekly class on … Continue reading

Everyone Has a Plan…

June 25, 2015

Everyone Has a Plan Have you heard the saying “everyone has a plan until they get hit?” Plans make us feel safe.  Humans like to have plans because they give us a sense of control. However, is having a plan really a good idea in the martial arts?  Think about it for a minute. The … Continue reading

An Analogy

November 22, 2014

When an arrow is shot from a bow it will fly perfectly straight and hit its mark every time. The only problem is that a human is required to operate it. This can be very revealing. Every fraction of an inch off alignment in the body, every hiccup in the breath, every mental block is … Continue reading

White Belt Mentality

July 26, 2014

I always assume my accomplishments mean nothing to the new people I meet and work with. It’s silly to assume they care; especially if you are seeking them out. Part of the white belt mentality is to serve the one you hope will serve you with their knowledge. You don’t do this by filling their time with what’s … Continue reading

Honesty in Training

February 19, 2014

Being Honest with Yourself Dan ranking in any martial art is an ego booster; I don’t care how humble or soft spoken you are.  The second you don that “black belt” begins a phase where suddenly, invincibility is written across your chest in bold letters; all caps.  This is a normal phenomenon.  What is not … Continue reading

Upaya Point of View

February 17, 2014

Skillful Means of the Hoshin Warrior There is a term in Buddhism called Upaya, that can translate to ‘skillful means’ and refers to “a means that goes or brings one up to some goal.” I heard of this term years ago and it has always resonated with me in my work endeavors. Though my take … Continue reading