After reading so many positive and interesting articles and posts on a variety of other blogs, I have decided to start my own. I am hoping to unite my hobby (I call it a hobby, but its mostly a way of life) with another interest - writing.
I guess I should introduce myself. I am a Canadian martial artist who has trained in karate for over a decade at this point. I began in a synthesis of Shotokan Karate, Judo and Jujutsu. I continued in a pure Shotokan school for a while until achieving my Shodan. After my Shodan, I switched to a great Goju Ryu Karate school where the training consists of a broad Goju syllabus supplemented with Jujutsu and chinese-based methods and forms. As a compliment to Karate, Sai is also taught to yudansha students.
I am currently a Sandan, with my Yondan steadily approaching. As a part of Yondan (for my organization) some familiarity with Iaido is required so as a result I have started training in that art as well. The subtle differences in Seitei gata and Koryu never cease to amaze and confuse me, but more on that later.
I hope to chronicle my training, my thoughts, and bounce around interesting ideas. Maybe this will interest others as well, as feedback is always appreciated.