" Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. "
Mahatma Gandhi

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Kazuo “Crando” Saito is the 16th Grandmaster of Igaryu Ninjutsu and founder of the Shinbukan Martial Arts Academy in Australia.  Saito Soke embodies the true Spirit of Martial Arts.  His nature is humble and jovial which is indicative of one who has unburdened himself from ego to embrace true inner strength and peace.  His passion for Martial Arts is easily discernible as he presides over the sparring bouts of his dear students with excitement and enthusiasm. 

I first became aware of the center as a concept through Sensei Rick Horton who is an experienced and articulate Karate practitioner.  He emphasizes the use of the Center as a focal point through which a person executes a specific task.  This can be walking, talking, and even practicing Martial Arts.

Located a few inches below your belly button, the Center has been a fundamental concept in Martial Arts, Spirituality and Yogic practices.  It is an important aspect of a human being that is vital to many of our primordial functions, yet it is often misunderstood or neglected.

Is Martial Arts Good for Kids?

Children have boundless energy.  At a tender age of 5 or 6 years old, they are still learning about themselves and the world they live in.  They are forming their personalities which will be an integral part of who they are for the rest of their lives. 

As a father, I want the best for my children.  This does not mean that I want them to be immersed in a lifestyle of luxuries and for them to have anything that their hearts’ desire.  This is an external and materialistic view of life.  “The best”, for me, has to do with equipping them with all the skills and an attitude which will allow them to become fully functional, compassionate, and independent adults. 

Which Martial Art is the Best?

The good old battle of the Martial Arts!  Which Martial Art is the best?  This is a natural question for someone who is new to the world of Martial Arts.  I believe that the person is actually asking, “Which Martial Art will endow me with the most effective fighting abilities?”.  For some reason, people believe in the notion that one Martial Art is superior to another.  I’d like to shed some light on this myth and help to reinforce the values of individual effort, hard-work and dedication.

I study a Japanese Martial Art that focuses primarily on striking.  I recently sparred with an experienced peer who was much larger and stronger than me.  Contending with a stronger and larger opponent is always difficult, but there were some great insights and learnings that I took away from the bout.  So much so, that I am looking forward to sparring with my colleague once again.

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