Nage Waza Seminar

On Sunday Jan 13th 2008 Victor Anderson will teach a Nage Waza (Projection/Throwing Techniques) seminar at the Yachigusa Ryu Dojo.

This seminar is open to anyone interested in attending.

The cost for the seminar is free, but donations for the sushi dinner we will take Victor to after class will gladly be accepted.

Victor Anderson began his Kodokan Judo training in 1960 in Hayward, CA. Since then he has trained on both the West and East coast as well as Texas. Mr. Anderson also studied judo in Korea and Panama. He has been the head instructor at two military judo clubs, Ft. Hood, TX, and Ft. Belvior, VA. Mr. Anderson has placed in the national master’s tournament in 1994 and 1996. He has also studied Shudokan Karate, Korean Hopkido, and Chinese boxing. Mr. Anderson has trained U.S. Military Police in unarmed combat. He has also attended three seminars given by Mr. Rick Clark on the use of pressure points. Mr. Anderson holds a national level coach certificate from U.S. Judo and is a nationally certified judo referee. While Mr. Anderson is well practiced in judo as a sport, he also studies judo as a martial art. He continually strives to refine his understanding of the application of Kodokan Judo to unarmed combat.

Sunday January 13th, 2008

Starts at 9:30 AM
*Warm-up time 9:00

Yachigusa-Ryu Aiki Bugei
3440 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110



Holiday Schedule

This is just a reminder to all Yachigusa Ryu students that the school will be closed during the following dates:

Saturday December 22, 2007
Wednesday January 02, 2008

During the holidays the entire Moro family wants to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Best wishes!

James Williams’s Perspective on Martial Arts

James Williams of Nami Ryu Aiki Heiho and Bugei Trading Company has written an essay worth a glance as a response to a message-board argument with neo-traditional martial purists (but skip the comments). It is available at

In many ways, the content of what he has written is much less interesting than the language he has used. It is based on the language of Western honor, that would once have been familiar to any fighter in our culture, but now seems reactionary. For example:

‘[Writing on the Internet] gives you the feeling that you have a “right” to express your opinion with no consequence. This of course removes the foundations of courtesy and respect. It becomes about how you “feel”.’

In the end, this is not an argument about our culture, not about anything Japanese. I really believe that Mr. Williams is representing traditional Western martial values of honor and individuality, and is using his experience with Japanese culture to better understand that. While what he is arguing against is very modern (or possibly, though I hate the word, postmodern) values of cultural sensitivity and nostalgia.