Category Archives: General

Kansas City – June 2011

Had a great couple of days at the seminar with the Blue River Martial Arts Club in KC.  I love sharing the material, but as usual the thing I like most is the people.  Eric Parsons, the host and head … Continue reading

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Sakura Matsuri Picture Highlights – 2011

Earlier this month the annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) Japanese Cultural Festival was held in Seattle Center.  This marked the 8th year that Northwest Martial Arts performed Aikido for the festival. For last few years, the martial arts demonstrations have … Continue reading

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Kiai for self-defense…and other things

Here’s an interesting article by Al Peasland regarding the use of Kiai.  I particularly like the part near the end about being able to flip your switch.  In the past I’ve spoken about this in class – we have to … Continue reading

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Fighting a Legend

When novices are first introduced to martial arts, it is difficult not to recognize some of the legends of the martial arts world;  Bruce Lee or O’Sensei  often come to mind.  These people have long since passed, and stories that … Continue reading

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January 2011 Aikido Test

Just going to share some pictures from Saturday’s Aikido test.

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Yamashiro #2

Limiting myself to pictures and commentary tonight… Mark had a great idea to take the crew to the Issaquah Fish Hatchery.  I had never been there…actually learned quite a bit about salmon that I didn’t know.  Unfortunately, this is the … Continue reading

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Yamashiro Sensei in Seattle…

by Brent Yamamoto For those that don’t know, we’ve been preparing for Yamashiro Sensei’s visit to Seattle (which is a good part of why I haven’t been writing this blog as frequently as I’d like).  Sensei arrived on Tuesday, and … Continue reading

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