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KAKEMONO OF THE MONTH — FEBRUARY 2023 After I’d decided to make permanent in the tokonoma the beautiful scroll presented to the dojo by Jevin Orcutt, I wasn’t sure what to do with all the other kakemono in our collection. Then it dawned on me to build an appropriate way to display scrolls in the auxiliary training area we now use for shodo (calligraphy) classes. Sorting through the collection of scrolls I found this — that I’d forgotten we have. When the amazing collection donated to the dojo by calligrapher extraordinaire Paul Myers arrived, I thought, “What will I do with a kakemono that says ‘Shodo’?” Well, how about display it in the shodo dojo? Information on our shodo training with Bailey Sensei can be found at https://www.ittendojo.org/arts/shodo .
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The January edition of Sword and Spirit has been posted. In “Kagami-biraki 2023,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe presents a photo-essay focused on our New Year’s observation. Download the newsletter by joining the Sword and Spirit group on Facebook, or directly from our website, at https://www.ittendojo.org/dbfiles/download/swordandspirit/pdf/63. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available at https://www.ittendojo.org/articles/swordandspirit. #ittendojo #japanesemartialartscenter #aikijutsu #jujutsu #kenjutsu #iaido #shodo
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The December edition of Sword and Spirit has been posted. In “Looking Back, and Ahead,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe lists a surprising number of especially significant events and accomplishments in 2022, and anticipates more big things coming in 2023. Download the newsletter by joining the Sword and Spirit group on Facebook, or directly from our website, at https://www.ittendojo.org/dbfiles/download/swordandspirit/pdf/62. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available at https://www.ittendojo.org/articles/swordandspirit. #ittendojo #japanesemartialartscenter #aikijutsu #jujutsu #kenjutsu #iaido #shodo
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The November edition of Sword and Spirit has been posted. In “Back to JMAC,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe reports on the recent visit to the Japanese Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the fantastic weekend of training with Suino Sensei and the JMAC seniors. Download the newsletter by joining the Sword and Spirit group on Facebook, or directly from our website, at https://www.ittendojo.org/dbfiles/download/swordandspirit/pdf/61. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available at https://www.ittendojo.org/articles/swordandspirit. #ittendojo #japanesemartialartscenter #aikijutsu #jujutsu #kenjutsu #iaido #shodo
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  The October edition of Sword and Spirit has been posted. In “Preparation, Revisited,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe reprints/updates from five years ago a critically important issue of the journal addressing disaster preparedness. This issue is subtitled, “Self-defense is Still More than Fighting.” Download the newsletter by joining the Sword and Spirit group on Facebook, or directly from our website, at https://www.ittendojo.org/dbfiles/download/swordandspirit/pdf/60. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available at https://www.ittendojo.org/articles/swordandspirit. #ittendojo #aikijutsu #kenjutsu #iaido #shodo
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The September edition of Sword and Spirit has been posted. In “Reflections…Our 30th Anniversary,” Itten Dojo chief instructor Robert Wolfe looks back on three decades since the founding of the dojo, noting some of the individuals most responsible for its success and the senior instructors taking us into the future. Download the newsletter by joining the Sword and Spirit group on Facebook, or directly from our website, at https://www.ittendojo.org/dbfiles/download/swordandspirit/pdf/59. All back issues of Sword and Spirit are available at https://www.ittendojo.org/articles/swordandspirit. #ittendojo #aikijutsu #kenjutsu #iaido #shodo
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Myths of Self-defense by Robert Wolfe Many people seeking martial arts training cite gaining the ability to defend themselves as their primary motivation, while almost everyone seeking training includes “self-defense” capability somewhere in their list of goals. Persons training long-term typically come to recognize a wide range of benefits far exceeding in everyday utility the value of being able to fight and, for them, the ability to defend against an attack is almost a side-effect of their training. Those just starting out and seeking self-defense skills, however, face a bewildering sea of choices in types of arts and methodologies, choices that are further confused by the conflicting claims of different arts to be “the most effective self-defense known to man.” It’s also true that most inexperienced people focused on self-defense typically harbor serious misperceptions regarding the nature of violence and the types of threats one is realistically most likely to face. These misperce