Book Review: The Body Has A Mind Of Its Own

I have been reading a lot of lay level neuroscience this year trying to better understand some of the neural system hacks that I believe we take advantage of in the martial arts on a regular basis. “The Body Has A Mind Of Its Own” is written by Sandra Blakeslee […]


Why do we continue to practice martial arts after black belt?

Why do we continue to practice martial arts after black belt? I have had this conversation with students, teachers, and colleagues about why we continue to practice a given martial art long after we have obtained proficient skill to achieve our initial goals of training. The initial goals of training […]


Karl Geis dies after promotion to judan in judo. 5

  Yesterday, on April 7th, 2014, one of my martial arts teachers, Karl Geis, died in Houston Texas. He began Judo and Aikido training in Japan starting in the 1950’s with many of Judo and Aikido’s great practitioners.  He has trained many people in aikido, judo, and jodo over the […]


Book Review: A-Z Judo by Syd Hoare

If you want a good encyclopedic catalog of named judo techniques look no further than Syd Hoare’s A-Z of Judo. There are many other books out there that list judo techniques but most concentrate on the gokyo no waza. Sometimes you can find the Shinmeisho no Waza. Hoare’s book contains […]


All fights go to the ground, or do they?

  All fights go to the ground, or do they? More importantly, do you really want them to go to the ground? With the current popularity of ground grappling an often heard axiom is “all fights go to the ground.”  This implies a need to learn to fight from the […]