Are You Square?

RJJ LogoOne of the things you will hear over and over is ‘square corners‘. What do we mean when we say square corners? Well what this means is you work the sequence each step at a time. You learn each part of the whole until you have the parts down. Read the rest of the story »

You Get Out What You Put In

RJJ LogoYou will notice that I frequently mention two concepts. The first one is journey. To me, the martial arts are a journey, a process. Something that is on going, never ending. The second one is of differing views. Every one has different life experiences and different physical attributes. This colors your perceptions. I know this article is going to be about practicing but I wanted to start off by tying everything together. Read the rest of the story »

Finding Center

RJJ LogoI am sure, by now, you have heard Jack Sensei mention the center line. I originally learned this concept from another instructor who had studied the art of Wing Chun and so I thought it was a Chinese martial arts concept. I have seen it mentioned over and over in the writings of Bruce Lee. Oddly enough, after I had decided to write this article, Peter Sensei talked about last week in my Aikido class. Read the rest of the story »

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I have been doing some updates to the site and I couldn’t figure out why we were getting no comments at all. I discovered that functionality had never been added to the theme. So I have made the necessary changes to the template so people can post comments if they desire. I don’t expect a lot of comments but at least now it is an option.


RJJ LogoJack Sensei always talked about ‘Dojo-itus’. It is not something that only our school suffers from. You may have heard the phrases “Phoning it in”, “Head in the clouds”, “Not even trying”, and a whole host of others. It is a combination of “going through the motions” and not really trying. It can be brought on by boredom, worrying about things outside of class, or just plain carelessness. Read the rest of the story »