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Think Big – It Starts with a Goal

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

Why is it important to set goals?  Most people wouldn’t think of going on vacation without 1. deciding where they were going to go and 2. determining the best way to get there. At its most basic, that’s all goal-setting really is. In the absence of goals, we’re likely to end up at a destination…

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Tamashii 不屈 – Indomitable Spirit

Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

Tamashii is one of the most important precepts in all of martial arts. This idea of the power of persistence is so important now as we continue to recover from, arguably, the most devastating in U. S. and world history. It also is important to understand how many of us, who are arguably less talented…

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Karate Ni Sente Nashi

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

“Karate Ni Sente Nashi” basically translates into English as “there is no first strike in karate”. I first began exploring this idea some years ago because the concept intrigued me. While the idea of never striking first seemed like a good way of training karate students so they would not abuse their powers, it just…

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You Are A True Warrior If… Amazing Truths!

Hanshi Ader & Grand Master Kise

Over the last fifty years that I have been a student of the martial arts I have seen many people come and go. I am still somewhat amazed at the attrition rate in the martial arts. That’s a topic for another day however. In the beginning, I was amazed at the beauty and grace of…

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