Hitori Keiko

There is a Japanese proverb “beginning is easy, continuing is difficult”. This is very true of training and epitomises the challenge all face in martial arts, and all pursuits for that matter. In martial arts initially students start with great enthusiasm and promise, vowing to train every day and fulfil their dream of becoming a black belt. Alas, for most this is never realised and...

Sen no Sen

Ahead/Before/Taking the Initiative There are many schools that use the term Sen in their teachings but it is clear that the interpretation varies considerably and as a consequence the understanding is vastly different. The concept of Sen is one of the central points in the teachings of Miyamoto Musashi and has been passed down through Ken Jutsu, Kendo and now Karate.   Understanding its meaning depends...