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May 2017





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Photo Cred: Sarah Orbanic Photography

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Dear Budo Fam,

One thing is for sure: We really enjoy putting these e-magazines together as it is a FANTASTIC excuse to reach out to some incredibly talented people and learn from their years of dedication to various arts.

Once such talented gentleman is Mr. Tomm Voss. In this issue, Tomm shares his inspiring story which he has titled "Never Give Up" - All about the path that lead him to become the 2016 National FMA Stick Fighting World Champion.

We also highly recommend reading this month's issue over a cup of Matcha! Don't worry, we'll explain why drinking Matcha is such good idea later in this issue :)

Lastly, we're really excited about this month's giveaway.  We will be raffling off a free Hickory Hanbo, and have come up with a creative way for you to increase your odds of wining. Scroll to the bottom for more details.

Please Enjoy!

-Budo Brothers


Featured Budo Brother

Tomm Voss




Skills Of The Month



Tomm Voss Intro


Pakamut Grip 101


the open close drill


Pakamut ranges 101


basic strikes


basic blocks


thanks for tuning in!



The Up & Coming



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To start, what is Matcha? It's Japanese green tea. Shade grown. Stone ground.

That's the quick simple answer, but since Matcha is a hot topic these days, it's worth a deep-dive considering there are almost too many health benefits to keep track of.

Well, let's dig into a few. For instance, Matcha:

  • Is LOADED with Antioxidants: Why are antioxidants so good for you? Because they help protect your cells from free radical damage. If you compare the antioxidant power of Matcha with some other heavyweights like blueberries, Matcha comes out on top by a factor of 20x
  • Contains High Amounts of EGCG:  Instead of trying to pronounce "Epigallocatechin gallate," let's just go with EGCG, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known today.  Extensive scientific studies prove that EGCG helps fight inflammation, lowers your risk of heart attack & stroke, speeds up cellular repair, and improves physical performance
  • Promotes the Production Alpha Waves in the Brain: Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid contained inside the leaves used to make Matcha. This amino acid causes a state of "alert calmness" without feeling drowsy. It also helps improve memory and enhance concentration (which is helping me write this article as I hammer the key board & sip my Matcha)
  • Lowers Bad Cholesterol: Regular Matcha drinkers have been shown to have lower levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad one,) and higher levels of HDL cholestrol (the good one.) This naturally leads to a lower likelihood of developing heart disease
  • Increases Endurance & Energy Levels: There is more caffeine in Matcha when compared to its loose-leaf tea-bag cousins. The boost you get from Matcha is not only from caffeine alone,  but also from the loads of other nutrients found in the powder. Matcha also speeds up post workout recovery. On a side note, back in the day, Samurai would slam some Matcha before going into battle, as it gave them the battle-boost they needed 
  • Helps Fight Cancer: According to the National Cancer Institute, the catechins found in Matcha are so powerful they can actually help prevent cancer. Not only that, these powerful disease-fighting flavonoids make Matcha an effective natural cancer treatment.


  • Increases Metabolism & Helps You Lean Out: Numerous studies have shown that Matcha increases your metabolic rate, increasing the body's calorie burning potential by as much as 17%. It's Matcha's rich polyphenol content that helps you blast fat cells... And summer is just around the corner, just saying
  • Helps Detoxify the Body: Matcha gets its insane green color from being grown in the shade. This causes the plant to produce more chlorophyll in order to survive on limited sunlight. Chlorophyll helps the remove heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body
  • Is Anti-Aging: Chlorophyll found in Matcha also helps combat the effects of aging by stimulating the production of anti-aging enzymes which promote healthy, youthful looking skin. Getting punched in the face a lot can speed up the aging process, so best to drink Matcha on the regular to help balance things out :)



Straight from Hoshino, Yame, Japan, Budo Brothers is pleased to announce we have the Yamaguchi Family's latest harvest in stock!


If you are a Matcha lover, or want to give Matcha a try for the first time, look no further as this batch is TOP SHELF!


Budo Matcha


How to Make


Don't Get Busted!




Budo Brothers Monthly Giveaway

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We are giving away a Hickory Hanbo




Want to increase your chances of winning?

Simply refer friends to sign up for our free eMagazine.

We will create you a unique sign up code.

Each sign up you get = 2 extra entries into the draw.

Results will be filmed & posted on June 1st.



As always, if you have any feedback, suggestions for new topics, or requests for new products, please don't hesitate to reach out!