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Okuden – Inner Circle Teachings

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The average student joins a martial arts school and begins training in the basics. As a student advances in rank, he begins to develop more complex moves and understanding of basic applications. He also learns to integrate these techniques into an overall strategy of how and when they are to be used. It is at…

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First Things First

Ader Sensei - Head Instructor of All Okinawa Karate & Kobudo in Colorado Springs

The Japanese teacher speaks the words “Hajimeru Juuyou Jiko O Yuusen Suru” which translate basically as “prioritize the essential matters”. In another land, Stephen Covey explains this concept in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey writes about the strategy of keeping “First Things First”. Whether one is discussing military campaigns, personal…

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Ma-ai (間合い) – Proper Distance and Timing

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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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