article1-jpgKuzushi: An essential element in all martial arts techniques

By Franklin W. Payne, B.S., M.A., Kodokan Shishidan, Yoshitsune Shihan

First published in Bugeisha magazine, issue# 5

Excerpt: There are many secrets in any martial art. No matter what the style of martial art, a practitioner will encounter many things that are unexpected, even exotic. Indeed, this is one of the things that draws people to the martial arts. Whether the style is Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Chinese, or from any other part of the world, it will have secrets that define and organize the style.

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Deportment in the Dojo

By Franklin W. Payne, B.S., M.A., Kodokan Shishidan, Yoshitsune Shihan

Excerpt: Having been involved in the martial arts for over half a century, I have had many experiences in my own dojo and in the clubs of many other instructors. I have always been impressed with the fact that one of the few places left in modern society where discipline and respect are required of everyone from the instructor to the most recent beginning student is in the martial arts. This is shown in the bowing upon entering the dojo, upon stepping onto or off of the mat, or practice area in a dojo for a style that does not use mats, to the kamiza in a dojo that has one, and definitely to one another before, during, and after a training session of whatever nature.

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SenseiPFrank Payne Sensei
7th Dan Kodokan Judo
7th Dan Yoshitsune Ju-Jitsu

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