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October 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

We went to the 8th New England Chinese Martial Arts Championship organized by ICMAC last weekend. We went because YMAA Boston, where some RainyDayMagazine folks go to study [...]

Tameshigiri Series : Folded Steel Katana 1

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Japanese katana, or sword, was a weapon that was perfected during centuries of, let us say, direct testing in the unforgiving fields of battle. The traditional Japanese [...]

Tameshigiri Series: The Japanese Sword

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sword movements are an important part of Aikido. Studying sword using wooden bokken and shinai, while excellent for learning the motions, is no substitute for the feel of [...]

Tameshigiri Series: Intro

November 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

For students of Aikido, the study of sword movements is a big part of learning the art. In order to practice the movements safely, students use wooden bokkens and shinai. [...]

Workout Mats

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

The  floors in the space where we hung the heavy bag are maple. Maple is strong, wears well, and is a great surface to work out on. Some of us like to workout barefooted [...]

Hitting a Heavy Bag

May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Working  out on a heavy bag is a great way to get exercise and relieve stress. Punching a bag may seem simple, and if you are in reasonable shape you can put some power [...]

Heavy Bag In The Office

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Working  on a computer all day long and then watching TV in the evening are fairly sedentary activities, which, if practiced in immoderation, can lead to a fairly sedentary [...]

Shobu Aikido of Boston: Spring Gasshuku 2012

April 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Readers  may be wondering why we were kind of quiet last week. The reason was that many of us were at the Shobu Aikido Spring Gasshuku. A Shobu Gasshuku only happens four [...]


November 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Those of us with an interest in the martial arts have been following the rise of the UFCmixed martial arts (MMA) with great interest. We started watching MMA contests about [...]