Surviving an Active Shooter Incident

There have been a number of these unfortunate events over the last few years. Virginia Tech, Columbine, the Denver movie theater, New Town, Connecticut and the US Navy Yard to name a few. Analysis of these events show that those who flee at the first sign of trouble are the most likely to survive. Those…

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The Way It Was Part IV

The Mutsu Bay dojo and my farewell test  —   So we trained in parks, on the beach and at the mountain dojo for about two years while Sensei Fukuda built a new beach hotel and campgrounds called Kokumen Kenko Shukusha. We pleaded with him to also build a Hombu dojo on the campgrounds. He…

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Shinken Tactical Pens

Tactical Pen Review

The tactical pen is a great non-weapon option for legal carry at work and on travel. I believe three key components comprise a tactical pen. First, it has to be an actual writing instrument. Second, it must be designed to look like a pen and be carried or worn as a pen. Third, it must…

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The Way It Was Part III

Mountain Training , Demonstrations and Being Japanese — So it was in my early days of training in Chugoku KuKempo that it was pretty tough. I mentioned earlier about the mountain training we did in both summer and winter. In winter we had the snow and ice and cold to deal with. In summer it…

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Phil makes Tea

The Way it Was Part II

Man or woman makes the Tea and Tea makes the man or woman –   In my early years of training in Chugoku KuKempo, it was customary for the junior students to open up the dojo and clean it before and after training, sweep snow off the roof in winter, get the fire going, make…

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Beginnings of Martial Arts- The way it was – Part I

During most of the 70s and part of the 80’s I lived in Japan and Okinawa. Until ’73, Okinawa was a US protectorate and not considered “part of” Japan. After reversion, Okinawa became a prefecture of what they would call mainland Japan. Many of the Ryuku people (U’chinachu or Okinawans) believed they were more closely…

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The Difference Between Concealment & Cover

Most of us think that concealment and cover are pretty much the same thing. However, for those who’s lives may depend on it, there is a huge difference between the two. Proper concealment is just that. You are invisible to your opponent. You cant be seen. This would be like hiding in a tree or…

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Ramblings of a Bujinkan Shihan Part 2

Part 2 of Bujinkan Shihan Phil Legare’s discussion on training in the Bujinkan, how the art is taught, and the responsibilities of it’s unique ranking structure. Part 1 is available by clicking here

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Ramblings of a Bujinkan Shihan Part 1

Bujinkan Shihan Phil Legare discusses training in the Bujinkan, how the art is taught, and the responsibilities of it’s unique ranking structure. Click here to watch Part 2

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advanced stick fighting

The Kihon of the Bo

Soke told me long ago that in order to become good in a particular weapon you have to understand the “Taijutsu” of that weapon. Each weapon has its on Taijutsu that we must understand and conform to if we are to master the weapon. In the beginning, most of us try to conform the weapon…

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