Krijgskunstenaar Lex Opdam is oprichter en hoofdredacteur geweest van het Meibukan Magazine. Dit non-proft magazine heeft elf standaard edities en één speciale editie voortgebracht in de periode 2004-2010 en dit kosteloos via internet in PDF-vorm aangeboden. De redactie heeft door beperkingen in beschikbare tijd de productie in 2010 moeten staken.

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Mission statement

Meibukan is an initiative of enthusiastic martial arts practitioners. Aim of this web based magazine is to spread the knowledge and spirit of the martial arts. In a non profitable manner Meibukan Magazine draws attention to the historical, spiritual and technical backgrounds of the martial arts. Starting point are the teachings of Okinawan karate-do. As ‘House of the Pure Martial Arts’, however, Meibukan Magazine offers a home to the various authentic martial arts traditions.

Name and logo
The name Meibukan has no direct connection to various other existing Okinawan or Japanese martial arts and calligraphy schools with the same name. The form surrounding the letter M of Meibukan and Magazine doesn’t represent a Shinto symbol but represents our house.
The name en logo are chosen to represent an independent organisation of martial arts people who voluntarily spend their time and energy to fulfil an assignment sprung out of their hearts. We do this without responsibilities and duties towards our own martial arts organisations. In this way we can be Pure and form the House we need to produce our contribution to the world.


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Our Goal is to share

Interview
Interview with Renshi Lex Opdam
Lex Opdam is branche leader of Meibukan Goju-ryu karate-do in the Netherlands and representative of karate pioneer master Anthony Mirakian. A conversation on traiditonal karate practice and the student-teacher relationship.

Reviews
Bubishi: The Bible of Karate by Patrick McCarthy.
Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters by Jhon Stevens.

Feature
Myth in the Martial Arts
Since ancient times martial arts teachings have been handed down in the form of myth. In a guiding role, mythology continues to be an integral compenent of martial arts traditions and philosophy today.



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Right Here, Right now

Interview
Interview with Master Kiem Hoo Lee
Sifu Kiem Hoo Lee is founder of the Chinese Martial Arts and Chi Kung Academy in Ottawa. An interview on the ethical principles of traditional Chinese martial arts.

Reviews
Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters by Shoshin Nagamine.
Shotokan- A Precise History
by Harry Cook.

Feature
New Ideas on Goju-ryu's Direct Chinese Ancestors
Mathieu Ravignat launches a new hypothesis as to who is Kanryo Higanonna's real master. In doing so, he traces back teh origin of Goju-ryu Karate-do beyond Chinese Whooping White Crane Kung Fu.

Photo series
Applications of Basic Kung Fu Techniques:
Examples of reacting naturally to an attack, with Sifu Kiem Hoo Lee.

Feature
Concussion. On Brain Damage.
How does the brain react to damage? Neuropsychologist Harriet Paus explains the risks of taking a beating.


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Martial System or Martial Art

History
A Brief History of the Russian Martial Arts
The martial arts of Russia have a long but unknown history. With the einding of the Cold War the surviving arts slowly emerge again.

Feature
Principles of Systema
James Williams, teacher of Systema, gives an in depth explanation of the philosophy behind the Russian System, in which learning to flow with force is taken to an exceptional level.

Reviews
The Russian System Guidebook by Vladimir Vasiliev.
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts by Patrick McCarthy.

Interview
Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev
Born in Russia, Vladimir Vasiliev's work spans across 10 years of extensive military service with the Special Operations Unit of Spetsnaz. After moving to Canada, he founded the first school of Russian Martial Arts outside Russia.

Feature
History of Goju-ryu Karate, Part 2
Although Kanryo Higaonna learned and taught a style related to Whooping White Crane, Goju-ryu Karate today is very different from it. Mathieu Ravignat examines the changes Chojun Miyagi made.


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A Shift in Intention

Interview
Interview with Master Anthony Mirakian
Anthony Mirakian was the first Westerner taught by Grandmaster Meitoku Yagi, the top student and successor of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-ryu. Reflecting on a lifetime of practice, Master Anthony Mirakian discusses the meaning of karate-do and the techniques of Goju-ryu kata.

Feature
Science as a Weapon
Throughout time, scientists have waged war on established beliefs and concepts. Using the same process as the scientist, martial artists are able to test their own theories regarding techniques and personal defence.

Review
Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts by Donn Draeger & Robert Smith.

History
The History of Goju-Ryu Karate, Part 3
In the last part in a series of three, we continue the exploration of the Chinese influences on Goju-ryu. Where did Chojun Miyagi learn the kata that do not come from Kanryo Higaonna? To understand this, we take a look at the Karate Research Club and the Chinese combat manual the Bubishi.

Experience
What is Ki?
After practising the right punches Mario McKenna went on a search for the meaning of the mysterious ki. After experiencing pleasure and flow he ends up with an ancient meditation technique.


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Self-activity

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Tradition? What tradition?
Karate-do practitioners often think of their art as the transmission of a pure and unchanging tradition. Just how traditional is their daily visit to the dojo? Mario McKenna dispels some of the myths surrounding "traditional karate".

Interview
Martial artist Mario McKenna on Tou'on-ryu
Mario McKenna studied Tou'on-ryu from its current headmaster Shigekazu Kanzaki. "Tou'on-ryu is very much a time capsule of old Okinawan Karate. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to be part of protecting this style from extinction'.

Technique
Tou'on-ryu Kicking Techniques
Sporting competition karate has increased combative distance between oponents. This has changed kicking techniques apllications. We take a closer look at a "frightening, old style" kicking technique from Tou'on-ryu's Sesan Kata.

Review
Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan by Diane Skoss (ed.)

History
Northern Shaolin: From Bodhidharma to the Boxer Rebellion
Too often a Kung-Fu style is attributed to a mysterious monk of master descending from the mountains to teach the local peasants. In this first of two parts, we examine the history of Northern Shaolin up to the 19th century.


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Special Editions

Feature
The Kenpo of Kume village
In 1392 Thirthy Six-Families emigrated from China to the Okinawan village of Kume. By the late 19th century a strong martial culture had developed there. Joe Swift reconstructs the curriculum of original Nafadi (Naha-te).

Interview
Joe Swift: Taking the Journey
Swift compares his training experiences in both the East and the West: "In the West, we often have a tendency to place our Japanese/Okinawan teachers on pedestals. We need to start thinking critically and taking a look at the big picture."

Review
Martial Musings by Robert W. Smith.
The Weapons and Fighting Arts of Indonesia by Donn F. Draeger.
Karate-do: My Way of Live by Gichin Funakoshi.

Feature
The Cutting Edge
How could the compassionate spirit of Zen Buddhism ally itself with something as horrific as warfare? There's a lesson to be learned from those who sought advice on the matter of life and death.

Physical Health
The dangers of Static Stretching
Scott Sonnon: "Of you rely on tissue elasticity for flexibility, you'll lose it. You must master the regulation of selective tension in order to gain dynamic strength. Tendons do not need to be maximally stretched to be torn."

History
Nothern Shaolin: From the Nationalists to the present day
In this second and final part of the History of Nothern Shoalin, Ravignat reveals the modern developments of Northern Shaolin. The state of the Shaolin Temple today is 'an interesting mix of very positive and negative events'.


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Fear and Breathing

Feature
Ku Yu Cheung and his Northern Shaolin System
Mathieu Ravignat once again takes us on a journey through history and myth...

Interview
Patrick McCarthy: karate-do Kurofune
Joe Swift asks Patrick McCarthy about his life in Japan, his historical works and his HAPV theory.

Reviews
Okinawa Karate Vol 1 and 2 by Toyama, Shinjo, Senaha, Hokama, Onaga.
Way of the Warrior b
y Reid and Croucher.
Let every breath... by Vladimir Vasiliev and Scott Meredith.

Feature
Theory & Application of Tradition Kata
Patrick McCarthy discusses kata: "An Art with a Thousand Faces."

History
History of Uechi-ryu
Mario McKenna shares his perspective and sheds new light on the history of one of the most populair styles of Okinawan karate-do practised today.

Double feature
Revealing Power: Training Methods of Ancient Russia's Warriors
Kevin Secours delves deeply into Russia's martial history and reveals answers to explain the modern training methods of this unique system.
Orthodox Christianity's Role in the Evolution of Russian Systema.
Kevin Secours examines the reationship between Orthodox Christianity and Russia's Martial Arts.

Feature
Kotekitae and Modern Karate-do
Mario McKenna delves into Shito-ryu and Uechi-ryu traditions to research the origins and transmission of the kotekitae drill.


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We want your help!

Feature
Karate and Kobudo?
Fred Lohse takes us on a journey through the history of karate and kobudo in an effort to explain why the two are actually inseperable.

Interview
Interview with Fred Lohse
Lex Opdam interviews Goju-ryu and Matayoshi kobudo practitioner Fred Lohse.

Physical Health
Risk and Injuries in Contact Fighting
The closer we come to modeling the reality of a military of self-defense situation, the more likely we are to sustain (or cause) serious injuries. Joshua Landa on the risk and injuries of contact fighting.

History
The Indomitable Shinjos of Okinawa
Alan Dollar tells the tale of one of the most dynamic and renowed names of traditional Okinawan Uechi-ryu karate.

Review
Karate Masters by Jose Fraguas
Mind over Muscle - Writings from the Founder of Judo by Jigoro Kano

Feature
Sensei: some considerations
Is a martial arts instructor a spiritual leader? A leader of a cummunity? Should he be? Or should he merely disseminate the most effective and correct fighting technique as promulgated by his respective art? Gil Gillespie on the interpretation of "Sensei."

Feature
Controlling the Effect of Strikes
Kevin Secours explains that although pain for the practicing martial artist may be inevitable, suffering is optional.


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Creating chances for experience

Feature
Matayoshi Kobudo
Fred Lohse carefully exames the history and content of Matayoshi kobudo.

Interview
Interview with Mikhail Ryabko
Kevin Secours sits down with Systema master Mikhail Ryabko during the Summit of the Masters.

Feature
FEAR
The duality between the old and the new, the primal and the cognitive brains, often creates mucg confusion when addressing the role of fear in combat training. Kevin Secours onf fight, flight or freezing responses.

Feature
Seibukan: The Shoring-ryu karate of Zenryo Shimabukuro
John Sells delves into the sometimes confusing but always riveting past of one of Okinawa's leading Shorin-ryu karate styles; 'Seibukan': The Shorin Ryu karate of Zenryo Shimabukuro.

Feature
The Physiological Cost of Harm
Kevin Secours discusses Lt. Col. Grossman's five stages of Harming and how we can prepare ourselves for the underiable physical en phychological responses of our body to act of harming another human being.



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From the police perspective

Feature
The Roots of Ryukyu Kobujutsu
An Informal History of Law Enforcement Officers in the Ryukyu Kingdom by Joe Swift.

Interview
Interview with Wytse Dijkstra and Erwin van Beek
2 instructors speak about the Dutch police academy, the S.P.E.A.R. system and its implementations in the Dutch police force.

Feature
Physiology of Survival
Eric Cobb's scientific view of Tony Blauer's S.P.E.A.R. system.

Feature
Russian Systema: A New Perspective in Modern Combat Training
Kevin Secours discusses Systema in connection with police work.

Feature
Israeli Krav Maga's global prominence in Law Enforcement
David Kahn discusses Krav Maga in connection with police work.

Interview
Interview with Henk van Wijk
The Head of one of the Dutch police training facilities on training in the Dutch police force.

Photoseries
Police Mountain Bikers
Illustrations of biker police specific training in the Netherlands.

Feature
The Anatomy Of Fear & How it Relates To Survival Skills Training
Research in connection with fear and policework, by Darren Laur.

Interview
Interview with Rob Walraven
A teacher of a Dutch police training centre on the content of training for police officers (in the Netherlands).



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Do we beat around the bush or cut to the chase…

Feature
I take the pressure away
Torsten Kanzmeier explains how unpredictable movements takes the pressure away by applying the principle of ‘never going against’.

Feature
The Matayoshi Family and Kingai-ryu
Fred Lohse explores the mysterious Kingai-ryu. Guiding us through its history and shedding light on its relationship with Okinawan martial arts.

Interview
Interview with Torsten Kanzmeier
Torsten Kanzmeier reveals the roots of his Inneres Boxen style by guiding us through his challenging martial arts education at the hands of Helmut Barthel, the founder of Tan Tien Tschuean.

Feature
From tree-swinging to magic Death Touches
Kevin Secours delivers a thought provoking piece using a myriad of sources as stepping stones to reveal how our most basic tool develop into our most used weapon.


History

A Short Introduction to Historical European Martial Arts

Review
Renaissance Swordmanship by John Clements
Medieval Swordmanship by John Clements
Medieval Combat by Hans Talhoffer
The Sword and the Centuries by Alfred Hutton
The Book of the Sword by Richard Burton
The Secret History of the Sword by Christoph Amberger

Feature
Renaissance Martial Arts Literature

Feature
How to tell if your Fencing is a Martial Arts or a Combat Sport

Feature
Consideration of Grappling & Wrestling in Renaissance Fencing

Organisation
ARMA: The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts

History
The Grand Assault: Notes on Its History

History
Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing