Stephen F. Kaufman

The Living Tao – Stanza One

The true way is unknown and so is the untrue way There are no names to understand It Creation does not care that It is the source of creation Emanating as some thing It is not without nourishment Mysteries are revealed Become Its way Attain Its perfection Do not use words to describe Its no-thing-ness […]

Developing One’s Own Martial Arts System and Style

Developing One’s Own Martial Arts System and Style Hanshi Stephen F Kaufman Master and Founder of Hebi-Ryu Budo – School of the Snake Developing one’s own system and style does not simply suggest that anyone who thinks they have practiced for a period of time is capable or qualified to create a “style.” To many, […]

MODERN TIMES: THE SAD FORCED STATE OF BEING INTELLECTUALLY STUNTED, EMOTIONALLY WEAK, AND THE LOSING OF ONE’S SOUL

I was recently a guest speaker on a Zoom videocast, having been approached by the coordinator of the online networking group. He asked if I would speak on a number of subjects, which he and his associates were familiar with, including my manner of presentation. One associate was supposedly connected to a major studio reportedly […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part II

What is Mind? Reasoning and logic are intellectual processes that require types of study to permit the student access to different forms of thinking. This has to do with words: the most mysterious form of communications known. What a word means is not usually the intent with which it is used. Very few people know […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part I

Having studied Zen for many years, I have come to understand that there is really nothing to understand, especially the concepts of ‘mind/no-mind’ or ‘thing/no-thing.’ Once past the intellectual aspects of Zen, it is discovered that it is the most freeing reality you will ever encounter and is the basis of all mental acumen relative […]

The Correct Use of Hands During Any Approach – From the Martialist Teachings of Hanshi Kaufman

The Correct Use of Hands During Any Approach There is a proper way to hold your hands out when receiving an offering or giving one. When shaking hands, the grip should be firm and relaxed, at the same time. This applies to handling weapons or documents or gifts. Make sure not to squeeze or put […]

The Invalidation of Ancient Wisdom: Why It Must Lose Its Relevance and Functionality

All ancient wisdom as of, and in our ‘now,’ has been functional, viable, and right (largely considered common sense) in its proper moralistic existential time and place. However, as we evolve into the future ‘now,’ it is archaic, and presumptuously theoretically proven valid ‘now,’ but will fail in viability in the times to come. Such […]

The Art of Stickfighting Self-Defense Book

Completely revised The Art of Stickfighting Self-Defense is now available on Amazon and Hanshi.com.  Also available on Amazon Kindle. This straight-forward book illustrates the proper method for anyone who wants to learn the basics of self- defense with a walking stick, cane, or umbrella. These everyday implements are legal to carry and can be wielded […]

Personal Safety and Self-Defense Seminars

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Silent Moon Book Review

Book Review: “Silent Moon – The Story of a Sword” by Shihan Dana Abbott Silent Moon – The Story of a Sword is a terrific read for all. From page one, I was ingeniously thrown into chaos and conflict: hand to hand combat, samurai swords, and machine guns cutting down soldiers on the beaches of […]

Lineage – Whys, Wherefores, and So What!

For Those Who Missed It the First Time Lineage – Whys, Wherefores, and So What! by Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman Author of world’s best-selling version of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings for over 25 years. The recent uproar on the various sites and pages has shown that a big uprising about someone’s lineage has become […]