Japanese Martial Arts

How this Japanese martial art can help train your mind

How this Japanese martial art can help train your mind

Japanese martial art iaido can train not only your body but also your mind. (Cover photo: SCMP's Jonathan Wong) 

Thursday, 6 August, 2015, 12:29pm

Martial art proves hit

Kendo, or the 'way of the sword' - the Japanese martial art of sword-fighting - is thriving in Hong Kong. The sport originated among the samurai, or military nobility, in Japan during the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Just for kicks

HONG KONG'S MOVERS, shakers and deal makers aren't afraid of a little verbal sparring, but they don't come to actual fisticuffs - at least not in the office. It's a different scene in the city's martial arts gyms, however, where they exchange suits and ties for boxing gloves and karate belts. Their motivation isn't simple fitness, but also building fighting spirit.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


Dawn is still an hour away, and the brown clay of the training area is dull and matte under the stark lights. The air carries the characteristic tang of sweat, musty earth and sweet hair pomade.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Musashimaru is just 'wild' about muscling his way to the top again

When a frustrated 237kg man-mountain declares that he is 'going to go wild' and will muscle his way back to the top, opponents know that pain is very definitely on the way.

6 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Wakanohana in first defeat

Tokyo: Wakanohana suffered his first defeat of the year yesterday, while his closest rival Chiyotaikai took another victory on the 13th day of the the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.

With two days left to compete, yokozuna (grand champion) Wakanohana is now just one win ahead of sekiwake (junior champion) Chiyotaikai. Wakanohana stands at 12-1 and Chiyotaikai 11-2.

23 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Judo way of gentle warrior

Last week we featured taekwondo. Now we will talk about a different martial art which is regarded as a sport as much as a fighting method.

Many years ago, a judo expert proved a point.

Using his hips as an axis and a bit of force, the smaller man threw his bigger opponent to the ground.

31 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Two wrestlers at the top

SEKIWAKE (junior champion) Kotonishiki and lower-ranked Akinoshima moved into a two-way tie for the lead at 8-1 as American Musashimaru and Kaio suffered their second defeats in the ninth day of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, Japan.

22 Mar 1994 - 12:00am