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A Soft Answer

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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The Empty Mind

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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Ma-ai – Proper Distance and Timing

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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A Janitor’s 10 Lessons in Leadership

Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

A JANITOR’S 10 LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP By Col. James Moschgat, 12th Operations Group Commander William “Bill” Crawford certainly was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford, as most of us referred to him back in the late 1970s, was our squadron janitor.…

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