Browsing Archive: October, 2010

Masters and Grandmasters

Posted by James Smith on Friday, October 29, 2010,

It seems anyone today can start their own style and become a Grandmaster, and books and DVDs are all over the place from Master soandso and Master what'shisname.

Just what does Master and Grandmaster mean?

The best answer that I have found is this: one who teaches martial arts to beginners, is a teacher (various countries have their own word for "teacher"); one who teaches teachers is a Master, and one who teaches Masters is a Grandmaster.

I really like the idea of a Master being one who teaches...


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Was Jujutsu a Part of Jeet Kune Do?

Posted by James Smith on Friday, October 29, 2010,

My parent art is Jujutsu, but I like to look at all arts for there is nothing new under the sun as King Solomon was fond of saying.

There is debate in the Martial Arts world as to just what is JKD. While I won't get into it much I will say that if Bruce Lee was doing it, then it was JKD.

So, was Jujutsu part of JKD? Yes! Dan Inosanto was a student and now teacher of JKD; not only that, but while some people only trained within the confines of the classes held in Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angele...


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Beware the Martial Art DVD!

Posted by James Smith on Monday, October 25, 2010,

Beware the Martial Art DVD? What does that mean? Does it mean that I think you can't learn from a DVD? No, you can certainly learn aspects of a martial art from a DVD, although you get the best results from attending a martial art class.

The "beware" is about those DVDs that were originally filmed in VHS format and then years later are re-released in DVD format without any editing.

Tonight I watched a Small Circle Jujutsu DVD from Black Belt Magazine Video and I knew right away that I had a VH...


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We are on TV!

Posted by James Smith on Thursday, October 21, 2010,
Watch for us on Breakfast Television in the Maritimes on October 21 from 7am-9am!
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