Bu, Ken, Ju

In Asia, since ancient times the spear has been the symbol of the warrior. Rendered into calligraphy in ideographic form, the spear is a basis for many kanji. It is the root for bu, the prefix used in a number of words concerned, not surprisingly, with things of a martial nature. There is bugei (martial skills), bushi (the feudal class of […]

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Thanks for your kind words

Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes for our new daughter, Carrie Victoria.  We should be back in a more normal routine soon and we also will bring her into the dojo for you all to meet her. Sensei Fred Lohse will be coming to the dojo September 17 – 19.  I […]

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Something to think about

Training in budo is the study of reality of life and death and the pursuit of spiritual strength with which to face that reality. The value of training is to experience the essence of reality and break down the barriers of judgment and desire. These barriers separate one from communication and the achievement of spiritual confidence. One must always […]

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Lessons from Hanshi Chuck Merriman

Hanshi Merriman,  9th degree Black Belt,  attended EMAC’s National Black Belt Grading and Gasshuku, Oct. 23-24, 2009. The event was hosted by Sensei Brian Lowry,  Chief Instructor, Napanee Karate Club & President,  EMAC Canada. Merriman Sensei observed the National Black Belt grading, and was impressed with the spirit of the students. He taught seminars to Dan ranks, and  shared […]

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Kwan Dao

By Donald Hamby Shrouded by its elegance of design and graceful sweeping curves the Kwan Dao (quandao), also known as the Green-Dragon or the Crescent-Moon broadsword, is a deceptively ominous force. This imposing weapon commands respect and admiration for its majestic appearance and highly effective design. It is made up of a long curving blade […]

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Message from Kyoshi Tallack

This is an e-mail I received for Kyoshi Tallack who is the Canadian Representative for the International Division of the Dai Nippon Butokukai in which Sensei Laura, Sensei Mike, the Dojo and some black belts are a member of.  Other black belts may consider becoming a member.  If you are interested please speak to me. Many of you already do […]

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