Interview: Mikael Jansson

The Taido/Blog Interview is a set of eight questions that I’ve been asking for the past few months with the idea of highlighting a variety of perspectives from students and teachers around the world. Welcome to the third Taido/Blog interview. If it seems like I...

Interview: Hannes Kannisto

The Taido/Blog Interview is a set of eight questions that I’ve been asking for the past few months with the idea of highlighting a variety of perspectives from students and teachers around the world. Welcome to the second Taido/Blog interview. Again, I’ve...

Interview: Fredrik Utbult

The Taido/Blog Interview is a set of eight questions that I’ve been asking for the past few months with the idea of highlighting a variety of perspectives from students and teachers around the world. This is kind of exciting for me. I first had the idea to...

Toyonaka Dojo

Toyonaka Taido is my dojo. Well, not my dojo, but the dojo I primarily train at. Toyonaka is one of the northern suburbs of Osaka; I live in neighboring Suita, so the commute is fairly painless. We practice at Budokan Hibiki, which is a large public training hall, and...

2008 Ryuku Uni Taido Visit

I’ve lived in Japan for a few years now, and I’ve gotten to see and experience a lot of really cool things. I’ve practiced zazen at five hundred year old temples in Kyoto, admired Picasso ceramics at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, picked tea in the hills around Mt. Fuji,...

Mits Uchida

Mits Uchida is the founder and head instructor of the “United States Taido Association.” He’s a man who is in many ways paradoxical. Under his tough exterior, he is kind and compassionate. Though he sometimes finds it hard to recognize the...

Bryan Sparks

I am not a violent person. Despite my skill at making others want to hit me, it has always been more my style to ignore insults and walk away from physical confrontations. My quick wit has been a tremendous advantage to me in talking my way out of potential trouble....