Vancouver Traditional Martial Arts Academy

The Sharpend Blade And The Truth

Think of your opponents hands and feet as swords. -Gichin Funakoshi There have been a number of times in human history when a newly created technology would forever change life thereafter. The knowledge and ability to utilize fire is one such development, the development of agriculture another, and the use of electricity can be seen as a moreContinue Reading

Milestones And The Endless Path

      One of the most important and daunting aspects of training in the Martial Arts is the realization of how there is no conceivable end to the study. Once  the depth and breadth of knowledge that any single art possesses is perceived, even to a small degree, it becomes clear that one lifetimeContinue Reading

To Move in Time

“Do or do not, there is no try.”-Master Yoda from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back I was in my early twenties and new to living in the massive urban hub called Toronto. I had been training in Goju Ryu Karate for several years before moving to Toronto so I sought out a Dojo teaching theContinue Reading

May 2016 Seminar and Grading With Sensei Douglas Mortley

Twice a year my teacher, Sensei Douglas Mortley, travels to the Vancouver Dojo to teach a series of seminars and oversee a Karate grading. Sensei Mortley has been teaching Shorinji Ryu Karate, Old Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Okinawan and Japanese Kobudo, and Daito Ryu AikiJujutsu for over 30 years. His seminars are open to anyContinue Reading

The Dojo And Responsibilities Of The Heart

  Wealth is lost, nothing is lost.  Health is lost, something is lost. Morality/Character is lost, all is lost. -O’Sensei Richard Kim     A few years ago my brother got married. He had moved out of province almost as soon as he finished High School. Setting his sights on the ample opportunities available at thatContinue Reading

Tournaments And Paths To Follow: Part 2-Different Reasons

  “Whom do you serve?” asks the hero in the epic fantasy novel as they confront a stranger on their hero’s quest. The stranger’s face pales and the tension between the two increases dramatically. Such a question is not lightly answered.  It might as well be, what do you truly want? or what are your ultimate intentions? All theseContinue Reading

Tournaments and Paths To Follow: Part 1-The Two Camps

        Within the vast array of Martial Arts Clubs, Gyms and Dojo’s that exist today one of the most controversial subjects is the place that competitions have in training . There are many claims made by many schools both for and against tournaments and competitions. It is a subject that can be difficult toContinue Reading

The Forms: Kata Sanchin

    I was 17 years old, the fire in my mind was burning strong but the demands of school and time had been creating a lot of conflict in my life. I was generally in open defiance of authority and much of my life wasn’t going in what would be considered a positive direction. Most ofContinue Reading

Spring Seminar-March 20th 2016

  Each month I travel to the small town of Mill Bay on Vancouver Island to train with my teacher Sensei Douglas Mortley. Sensei Mortley has been teaching Shorinji Ryu Karate, Old Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Okinawan and Japanese Kobudo, and Daito Ryu AikiJujutsu for over 30 years. His seminars are open to anyContinue Reading

Receiving And The Martial Arts.

    Ann joined the Dojo roughly two years ago. She had done two Tai Chi Chuan sessions at the local university and wanted to take her training further so she joined the Karate classes that are a main component in my teaching schedule. In the past two years it has been obvious that theContinue Reading

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