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I am available to answer your questions in regard to the history, philosophy, technique and practice of Okinawan and Japanese karate, jujutsu, kenjutsu and iaijutsu. I also have knowledge and experience in Okinawan kobujutsu and traditional Japanese. I also have a good foundation to answer general questions concerning various other Japanese, Okinawan, Korean and Chinese martial arts, including their traditions, history and philosophy.

Experience in the area

I have a diverse background with over 30 years of study and practice in Japanese and Okinawan bujutsu (martial arts). I presently hold licenses/rankings in karate, iaijutsu, kenjutsu, jujutsu and Okinawan kobujutsu. I have also studied several Chinese systems, including Hung Gar tiger/crane and wing chun, and hold a black sash (shodan) in Song Shan Kempo. I have been fortunate to have studied and trained with a number of highly qualified and revered practitioners, sensei and sifu from several different martial traditions. I am also an amateur marital arts historian and student of hoplology.


Bachelor of Science in Psychology Black Sash Song Shan Kempo Chuden/Mokuroku (Karatejutsu/Jujutsu/Kobujutsu) Tengu-Sho-Oku (Kenjutsu/iaijutsu)

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To continue my journey in the martial arts and to be able to leave what I learn along the way as a legacy for my sons. I also have several manuscripts covering different martial topics that I hope to one day publish so that I may humbly share what knowledge I have with all who wish to learn.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Okinawan Karate employs many of the throws, joint-locks & grappling techniques more commonly associated with Chinese Chin-Na & Japanese jujutsu. Most of these techniques were removed or fell into disuse in modern karatedo. With the recent surge in popularity of MMA, these techniques are being re-discovered in modern karate.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Prior to 1900, Okinawan karate utilized the kenjutsu principle of ikken hissatsu, or one fist(sword), certain death. Today, many modern karateka scoff at the idea of one-punch knockouts or kills. However, with deeper analysis and understanding, and proper instruction, the modern karateka could once again unlock the principles that make karatejutsu's ikken hissatsu a modern reality.

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Recent Answers from Michael Cummings

2016-07-25 Plastic self defense rod:

Hi Michael~    Most likely what you are referring to is the Kubotan.  The Kubotan is a trademarked keychain weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s. The Kubotan is based on a small bamboo

2015-07-11 Tao Chi Do:

Don~    I'm so very sorry for not responding sooner...I was on vacation and forgot to set my status.  Again, my apologies.    I never received a response from Fabian nor have I been able to learn any more

2013-01-25 Why Was Karate Created?:

Jay~    Thank you for your questions.  First, might I say, "Wow".  You've cut to the chase and asked two excellent questions that I'm afraid don't have easy, short answers.  At least not complete answers

2012-12-05 Copy write my own style/system:

Randy~    This is a little outside of my expertise, but I can offer a few suggestions.  I have copied a previous answer I gave regarding a similar question.  The text has been modified for and applies

2011-10-25 Kobudo:

Usman~    Thank you for your question.  Unfortunately, I don't have a solid answer for you.  I'm not familiar with this kata and translating it without the kanji is difficult at best.  Also, I'm not sure


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