The Budokan 武道館, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki Japan

Budokan Tsukuba University.  Wait...does that sign say "Besball?" I totally missed that, LOL.

Martial arts, hands down, is one of my favorite pastimes. Whether it’s watching them on TV or doing them, it’s something I’ve been connected to for as long as I can remember. One of my worst fears when I came to Japan was that I was going to have a hard time finding a place to train regularly because of the whole language barrier thing. When I got here, I was pretty lucky because one of my co-workers was really into martial arts (namely the Brazilian Jiujitsu side of it). He showed me, very Continue Reading …

Kyokushin Karate Tournament: Oyama City (Not Fighting…This Time)

Today I was cleaning up some of my videos, to empty my camera's memory, and I stumbled upon some Kyokushin Karate footage I had captured on September 20th, 2010. The footage comes from a tournament that was held in Oyama City, Japan. Oyama City is located in the Tochigi prefecture east Japan: I had gone to class on Saturday night, and used what broken Japanese I knew to find out there was a tournament happening this Monday. I wasn't prepared to fight just yet (being full-contact and all) Continue Reading …

Japanese Martial Arts: Kyokushin Karate

I have been fascinated with martial arts ever since I was a little kid. I remember my father showing me those old Bruce Lee films and just being awestruck. Although Bruce Lee was before my time, his movies are timeless. Onscreen he was so engaging, so electrifying, so dynamic, that you couldn't help but be interested. This interest the martial arts films gradually developed into an intense desire to train. My martial arts journey started with Taekwondo (because that's what my father Continue Reading …