Heretics Podcast


I started the Heretics podcast with my friend, teacher and longtime collaborator, Damon Smith of (and other places!) It’s probably safe to call it a heretical martial arts podcast, but we will delve into many other related areas, particularly spiritual traditions. We kicked things off with a 5-part series called the ‘History of Jujustu and Kempo’.

Surprising things I’ve learned from doing this podcast so far:

  • Western Boxing is older than Karate in Japan, and older than Jiujitsu in Brazil. The first Western boxing gym was established in Japan in 1896.
  • Kano Jigoro, the founder of Judo, went from never having trained martial arts at all, to founding his own style in less than 6 years.
  • Jiujitsu has been in Brazil longer than Karate has been in Japan.

How many of these did you know? Get the episodes here.

Here’s the episode we did on Aikido:

Listen to “#6 Aikido Heresies” on Spreaker.