Sutemi – Ushida Ryu Tanjojutsu
July 24, 2015

Sutemi – Ushida Ryu Tanjojutsu Uke: Katana starts in Hasso, takes two steps forward and, through Daijodan, makes a Shomen Uchi cut to Men. Tanjo advances with the stick in a natural walking fashon. At the right distance, while stepping forward with the left foot, go down to the right knee sliding the right hand down […]

Earlier in July 2015, I attended the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games opening dress rehearsal at the Pan Am  Dome (Skydome) with the lead architect for several downtown Pan Am venues, including the Dome, Lana Helm Williams. Our tickets were descent, stage left, almost as good as the ones the people in charge of handing out tickets gave […]

  This organic spa has been open for a dozen years, and was the brain child of Jen Mattar. Run from her Roncesvalles location, in Toronto, Canada, Jen delivers her ‘Sukha Spa’ vision and experience to us: ‘We can’t all live in the country, on an organic orchard, so ‘Sukha Spa’ brings it to the […]

Canada Day 2015 with the Spoons
July 9, 2015

Canada Day 2015 with the Spoons This year I spent Canada Day at East Lynn Park on Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine Ave.   Boy am I glad that I did.   A few hundred people turned out, to what turned out to be gorgeous weather, for the Nation’s B-day. Stage right there was […]

Stop’s Night Market cashes in.
June 24, 2015

The Stop’s Night Market has, in previous years, namely: 2012, 2013, and 2014, been about a charity hosting some of the up and coming food and beverage makers with local designers in Ontario for mutual benefit. The event was hosted in the historical  “Honest Ed’s” building.  Good times were had by all, and the events had […]

Sensei’s Bio
June 10, 2015

10 June 2015 “I have trained with many great teachers and would like to thank them for their time and inspiration over the years; Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Inoue Kancho,  Chida Shihan,  Sonoda Shihan, Shiraichi Shihan, Chino Shihan, Ito Shihan,  Nagato Shihan, Court Elliott Shihan, Brin Morgan Shihan, Jack Hoban Shihan, Takashima Jokyo, Romeo Sensei, Graham […]

Fitness & Wellness

Break out of your shell this Summer!  Sukha Spa is excited to offer physical training at our new ‘Tree’ outdoor studio.  First session is free so come try it out! The silent art of stealth, Ninjutsu!  Bujinkan budo ninpo taijutsu is one of the last uninterrupted lines of traditional Ninjutsu in the world.  The training is suitable […]

Mochi is a traditional Japanese dessert, made yearly in each neighborhood, made from native urchimai or “ordinary rice”. Uruchimai is sticky and white in nature. In these pictures we see rice being steam hydrated and rinsed in bamboo trays.  Next the paste is struck repeatedly by wooden mallet hundred or so times, and turned between […]

This Gyokko School or ‘ryu’ technique or sequence is called ‘Keo’  -uke attacks with a two hand grab to tori’s lapels followed by a left punch attempt after, the initial grab on one side comes loose. Special thanks to Mikio Nakamura for being uke (training partner).  Tori moves from Shizen no kamae (natural position) to Hicho no […]