What I’m looking for in a student

Earlier this year, Steven posed a question to me: “What are you looking for in a student?” It’s a weighty question and I told him that I’d have to think about it a while before I could answer. And I’ve been thinking. And thinking. Here’s what I’ve come up with: I’m looking for character. The … Read moreWhat I’m looking for in a student

Mind Your Own Training

[Originally written May 25, 2006] The longer I’m here in the United States trying to bring people along in the koryu, the more specific examples I run into of what I call “lost in transition.” Koryu instructors trained primarily in Japan simply cannot fathom what the average Western trainee needs to know–but doesn’t–to successfully participate … Read moreMind Your Own Training