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  • New Blog Migration & BudoStudies

    New skin! In our constant effort to pour more and more of our BudoStudies into our activity, we’ve just moved our blog from its old OVH location back to Seido’s own servers. There will be a few changes, but all for the best and the improvement of your browsing experience: new design, faster access, fully responsive website, clearer content and a direct link to our commercial website so that you don’t lose your cart if your shift from one to the other.
    More content is to be regularly uploaded, and all previous posts have been updated, so check it out!
    We hope you like our new format, and we’re looking forward to see you there!

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, News, YouTube

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  • An Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

    We’ve been going around interviewing experienced martial art teachers for a while now. Mr. Saitō Hitohira, who actually knew Morihei Ueshiba when he was a kid and devoted to Aikido from an early age, is still living in Iwama, right next to the Aiki Jinja. When we had the opportunity to get an interview with him, we did not hesitate, and here is how it all happened.

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    Article tags: Aikido, BudoStudies, Interview

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  • Our partnership with Aikido Journal

    Yes, we’ve jumped in, we’re now working with Aikido Journal. It’s really great news for us, for Aikido Journal, and for the whole Aikido community. We’re going to do lots of things together, but it also involves money, so, as usual: full transparency from us!

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    Article tags: Aikido, Aikido Journal, BudoStudies

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  • Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai

    Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, the so called "Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai". It is greatly supported by the Shiseikan, a training hall for Japanese Budo including Kyudo (archery), Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Kenjutsu (sword's practice).

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Demonstration, Event, Kobudo, YouTube

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  • Meiji Shrine Yabusame Demonstration

    Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, at the so called "Meiji Shrine Yabusame Taikai". Honoring both, the Emperor Meiji and the gods enshrined at the Meiji Shrine, the event is held in the form of an ancient ceremony that dates back hundreds of years ago.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Demonstration, Event, Yabusame, YouTube

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  • Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

    In the West, the word “Bokken” is widely used to refer to a wooden sword. However, in Japan, the proper word is “Bokuto”. Although less precise, the Japanese also use other terms like "Bokken" “Kidachi”, “Daito” and “Tachi” etc. Let’s see what the differences are and where those words come from.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Wooden Weapons

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  • An Interview with Alexander C. Bennett

    Academic research about Budo culture and history is important, and popularizing it in different forms is at least as important as the research itself. Alex Bennett does both, and he does it well. In this interview, we start with Alex's story, his first encounter with Kendo, then how he decided to dedicate his life to practice, research and teaching. In the second half, we talk about the History of Budo and how all major Budo appeared and evolved through the 20th century.
    Presentation of Alex Bennett’s interview by Jordy Delage.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Interview, YouTube

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  • The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

    The hakama serves to hide the movement of the feet in the practice of martial arts, and in Aikido in particular?
    It is such a common explanation that it has almost become a truth for practically all practitioners. Unfortunately, it is false, and this is very easily demonstrated when we look at the history of this garment, how it was and how it still is worn in Japan.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Hakama

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  • The origin of the character "Bu" / "武"

    In Asia as in the West, we often speak of the first Kanji of "Budo" (武道), the "Bu" (武), meaning "stopping the spear". This is an interpretation that dates back almost to the origin of Budo, that aimed to draw the picture of peaceful martial arts, ignoring historical facts. Let's go back to the origins of the term to determine its true meaning.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Kanji

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  • Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

    Having one's training's cloths embroidered is the most common thing in Japan. However, westerners often know just little about this topic and some struggle with making the right choice. That is why in this article we are going to talk about embroidery content, show some common mistakes and give advice on how to avoid them and last but not least, explain how we make them at Seido.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Craftsmanship, HowTo

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