Musings on classical Japanese martial arts, or budo.

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  1. HA!! I’m third! (not really…who can tell though…WHO! MUHAAAhA!)
    Do you/would you mind if I plaster your blog over every BB in existence? I think you are on to something here….

    1. Sure, as long as you don’t also stick it on some porno sites. On the other hand, maybe you have something there too…? Nah, DON’T stick ’em on porno sites. The kinky traffic might overload this server.

  2. Hi Wayne,

    Excellent musings mate, very useful and insightful, keep em coming.

    This blog was forwarded to me by my Sensei, Liam Keeley. If you don’t mind, i’d like to stick around…

    Warm regards


      1. Mr. Muramoto i was wondering if you sold old issues of furyu or had info on your computer from past issues. i am trying to do an article on aikido on the big island . Thank you

      2. Jamie,

        I don’t sell back issues right now. After Furyu folded, I had several different “life changes” and right now the back issues that survived are packed away in plastic bins. But if you want more information about aikido on the Big Island, I could point you in the right direction. Email me at wmuromoto@hotmail.com.


  3. Wayne Muromoto! Delighted to see your writing again. Thanks!

    p.s. though obliged to miss the glossy full page photos …

    1. Yes, and I imagine it would be hard to balance your computer monitor while sitting on a john, as compared to reading a magazine on the throne, but that’s technology, I guess.

  4. I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for your writings and send hopes that nothing worse than a busy everday life is keeping you from posting. I really enjoy your blog. Stay well!

  5. Wayne, I want to thank you for a fantastic display put on at the St. Louis Japanese Festival. I was walking down the path afterwards when I suddenly stopped in my tracks, turned to my wife and said “Wait. Wayne Muromoto? He wrote the Furyu mags I have sitting on my book shelf!” It really is amazing the group Dave Lowry puts together for the festival.

    Thank you so much for being there. Oh, and over 400+ forms? Now I understand your love of the tea ceremony… it would take a LOT of caffeine to learn them all.


    1. Rob,
      Thanks for the note. It was really great to work with Dave Lowry and the other koryu guys from different styles. We got along great, I got to compare notes with them, and it was an all around great time, and I’m happy that you enjoyed it…We sometimes wonder if the audience really went away with something or not. It’s all thanks to Dave. He oversees the whole festival events, and in return, he gets a small budget to invite his koryu buds over for a little fun for himself.

      I was telling Meik Skoss of koryu books that the 400+ kata seem daunting to learn, but when you figure out the basic body movements, they are actually redoing the same movements only in different situations and packaging, so it’s really a matter of “OK, this time we do it with jutte instead of tessen, but we turn the same way, crank the guy in the elbow the same way…”

      It may have been more fun for us than even for a lot of the audience folk. At one point, Meik leaned over to my friend while the others were doing Katori Shinto-ryu and said, “Hey, Clark, why don’t you just yell out, ‘That shit don’t work!'” That could start a war with Katori Shinto-ryu vs. Takeuchi-ryu vs. Toda Ha Buko-ryu vs. Yagyu Shinkage-ryu vs. Shinto Muso-ryu. Unfortunately, some of us are in multiple ryu so I guess we’d have to hit ourselves on the head with the bokken! 😉

      Wayne Muromoto

      1. Wayne,

        So another year has passed and another Japanese Festival in St. Louis is approaching. The question is, are you going to be there this year?

        My wife, son and I attend on a regular basis, primarily to watch Koryu—so I hope once again to see everyone train. All those styles, smack in the middle of the US is a unique opportunity to say the least… and always enjoyable.

        Plus I’m pretty sure that if Phil Relnick’s wife had a fan club, my wife would join it. She walked away from her naginata waza demonstration with a giant smile on her face. =D

        Take care,

      2. Rob,
        Hopefully as long as things go OK in the next few weeks, I’ll be there.

  6. Mr. Muromoto, I just wanted to wish you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year for 2011. I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blog over the last year and look forward to more thought provoking reads!

    1. Gene,

      Thanks for your best wishes! And a Happy New Year to you, too! I hope to post more blogs this coming year!

  7. Dear editor,

    My name is Shihan Kousaku Yokota, founder of Asai Shotokan Assoc. International (ASAI) .

    You have an excellent article on late master Asai in #28. May I post this in our website and FB page? I believe many practitioners will benefit from reading it. Of course, I will mention it is from your organization. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

    In karatedo,

    K. Yokota

  8. Dear Editor,
    I posted it on Facebook and I want to inform you that I received 130 likes and many positive comments. Your article was excellent and I am sure it benefited many readers. Thank you very much again for allowing me to post it. Ossu

  9. wandered in here by happy accident. finally a thoughtful, sensitive and funny blog about martial arts. it’s been a long time hunting…..

  10. Muromoto Sensei,

    I didn’t know you had a blog. I just breezed through Volume 1; it was almost as good as being back in the Moiliili Community Center listening to you speak about Takeuchi-ryu history. Please give Jon S my best.

    Very Respectfully,

    Jesus M.

  11. Mr. Muromoto,

    After enjoying your magazine, it was a pleasure to stumble upon this blog. While I have enjoyed training and teaching since 1985, I find there is always more to learn. I hope to see more or your writing, but it seems your as busy as I am as evidenced by your writing frequency.

    Your in Budo,
    Thomas Johnson

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Thomas. Yes, I have been very busy lately due to work so I have not been able to write much.

  12. Hi, I was reading your ‘when it’s time to quit’ page here and was finding it helpful, I found it because simply I was looking for online solidarity with my situation and I wonder if you could advise me, seeing as you have a lot of experience. Basically I want to leave my dojo because I feel quite uncomfortable with being there – I’m very new to aikido and when I joined the dojo officially I wasn’t aware of the following but the organization has a quite a bad reputation and after doing a little research I’ve read some pretty degrading things about it. Simply I feel I no longer respect the dojo, or find it hard to, and it’s effected my sense of pride in going there so I really feel i’d like out but because I’ve only been doing aikido for a year or so, I don’t know how to break it to the sensei. Please can you advise me on what to do?? I would so greatly appreciate your advice. With best regards

    1. Ashmalvi,
      The world of budo unfortunately has its share of gossip, which are true and false. I can’t say whether your group is truly unsavory or not, but if you nevertheless feel uncomfortable with the situation, then you should leave. If you have been training only a year there is not much to keep you there, I would think. It is admirable that you feel a responsibility to tell the sensei that you wish to leave. I can’t say for you. If it was me, I would simply leave and not come back. If you feel like you owe them an explanation, perhaps honesty would be best. Tell them what you found out with regards to their reputation and say that you can’t train anymore, and leave it at that. Everyone has a reason to stop training. I have had students stop because of personal and family situations in which they had to become primary caregivers and it took up all their time. Other students simply lost interest and found something else that they liked better. It is really up to them. For me, as a not-for-profit dojo, I don’t want to force anybody to stay if they feel uncomfortable. It’s their choice and decision, as it should be yours, too, ultimately.

  13. Some very nice posts. Thank you. I have a couple of vague questions, if you please? I have started taking my 9 year old son to an Aikido class, he looks so beautiful moving around in circles, so natural, so focussed and the teachers are treating him very kindly: what are the benefits of him starting Aikido so early in age and what will Aikido teach to him as he grows older? Thanks again

    1. Vincent,
      Others may have more detailed replies, but I think at your son’s age, the bigger benefits, in my opinion, are the “tangential” ones: he will develop more self-confidence, self-discipline, good coordination, and he will learn how to interact in a structured hierarchical system. This has less to do with “self-defense” or “martial arts” than with proper mental and physical development. Of course, other activities will similarly help. Aikido is not magical or unique. But if your son enjoys the activity, then encourage him. Later on, of course, being able to tumble around and move smoothly will surely help whatever other physical sports he may consider.

  14. Hello, I’m a BJJ blue belt who is very interested in all martial arts. Could you tell me what aikido takedowns you think work the best? And what are some of the main details of doing it successfully? Actually, I would love to talk to you just generally about martial arts. I’m not sure how often you check up on this website.

    1. Andrew, a long delayed response: I would suggest that you talk to an aikido person directly, because it’s been years since I’ve been involved in aikido and I am not at all any kind of authority on it other than being a very interested observer nowadays. I do have my own thoughts about the efficacy of the techniques. (In my opinion, most aikido techniques are all quite effective, if you bear in mind that they are “pure” movements and would need to be adapted and adopted to particular and practical functions. For example, a kote gaeshi really works well if you smash the guy’s jaw first!)

  15. I just found this blog and am very happy to have done so. Question – will there ever be digital copies of Furyu: The Budo Journal available online (again?). It seems the domain is dormant, so I wanted to see what options were available for obtaining and compiling this information.


    1. Adam,
      Thanks for the note. I’m not sure if and when Furyu the Budo Journal will be resurrected online, if even just for reprinted articles. I would have to put in some time to get it set up and even though I’ve been offered generous help in doing so, my life has been extremely busy as of late. You can tell how busy I am because I’ve struggled to even update this blog with new articles recently. I’ll try to get a new blog up soon, though. Thank you for your thoughts.

  16. Many thanks for the prompt response. Perhaps one day – I just love compiling these things as I come across them to make sure the info is preserved…

    But now worries – I apparently have 100+ blog posts to read up on and ponder, so I’m sure that will keep me busy for a while.


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