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Karate - 空手

I think of all the times in my life I’ve missed opportunities. Happens to the best of us I’m afraid. Opportunities, like time, are not in limitless supply. The trick is to be prepared before the opportunity ever presents itself. We must be ready so that when the door opens we can walk through without…

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Karate - 空手

I have written many times about Nintai or Kennin Fubatsu (perseverance) and it’s relationship to martial arts and of course it’s importance in daily life. Today I’d like to focus on one aspect of the importance of perseverance. We all encounter obstacles on a daily basis. The key to overcoming them is our attitude and…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

This is one of my favorite lessons.  I hope it’s meaningful to you as well. A Soft Answer – by Terry Dobson A turning point in my life came one day on a train in the suburbs of Tokyo, in the middle of a drowsy spring afternoon. The old car clanked and rattled over the…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

The term karate-do is most commonly translated as “the way of the empty hand”. While many people think this means a form of self-defense that specializes in not using weapons, the real meaning of the words is much deeper than that. The kanji of karate-do actually depicts three separate and distinct concepts, which when put…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

The kanji for “ma-ai” means space, fit. The proper spacing that “fits” the situation is a crucial element in combat, especially if you add timing to this concept. This concept has been used in combat as long as we have recorded history. Let’s discuss this concept from a martial point of view and how that…

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