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The Robin

A robin on a fence post

This week, while I was taking a walk, I came across a robin sitting on a rail on a front porch. The front windows of this house had a reflective coating on them that made them look like mirrors and they reflected the beautiful blue sky. This robin, seeing the reflection, flew into the window…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader explains the art of Okinawan Karate to his students

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson The early Chinese philosophers created the 5-element theory to try and help them understand how the universe worked. They saw the entire universe was based on the inter-workings of 5 major elements – fire, wood, water,…

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Personal Responsibility

Okinawa Martial Arts Blog

The Japanese phrase “Jiko Sekinin” basically translates as personal responsibility. Maybe it is just me, but it seems that our modern society is drifting further and further away from accepting responsibility for our own actions and the consequences of those actions. These days’ people sue McDonald’s because they got fat eating their food or got…

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