Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the Papcy, or trying to grab power and land for themselves. For the ordinary zealot, one of the bigger issues was the power of images, or […]

The Black Belt Way of Life

Richard Andrew King is the founder of the Karate Institute of America and the author of more than ten books, including The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master. He spoke to People of Shambaha recently about Karate, spirituality, and how to apply the principles of martial arts to everyday life. […]

Mishima: the aesthetics of action

It has been more than four decades since Yukio Mishima — Japanese playwright, modern samurai, nationalist, bodybuilder, and all round enigma — sent a shock wave through Japan by committing seppuku, the ritual suicide of the samurai. Yet, today, he is back in public view. July saw the launch of Koji Wakamatsu’s movie 11.25 The […]

T’ai Chi: New World Consciousness

Bill Douglas is the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong and the founder of World T’ai Chi Day. We talked to him about mind-body arts, and how they are subtly shaping the world around us, from US prisoners finding inner calm to the role of meditation in the Occupy movement. Although […]

Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to be delivered with a biker’s jacket bearing a large peace sign on the back. This hasn’t been the only expression of military chic so far […]

Organic futurism: aesthetics and technique out of nature

It was a couple of decades ago when I first came across the work of Koji Tatsuno. The work of Tatsuno, a relatively unknown and self-taught Japanese fashion designer, was being shown inJoseph, an upscale fashion store in South Kensington.It would be an understatement to call Tatsuno’s work unusual. One of his dresses was made […]