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Empty Your Cup

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

We frequently hear and say the phrase “Empty Your Cup”, but what does it really mean? I’d like to offer a slightly different perspective on this. As the parable goes, a teacher has a student with previous martial arts experience. He is skilled but frustrating to teach, as each time his teacher offers a lesson…

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Kamae (構え)

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

Kamae (構え) translates approximately to “posture” or “combat posture”. The Kanji of this word means “base”. As a practitioner of the martial arts for over 50 years and a student of Master Kise’s and Kaicho’s for over 30 years, I would offer my humble opinion on this subject. IMHO, the use of a Kamae or…

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The Power of Tradition

Karate - 空手

In practicing kata time after time after time over the last increasingly large number of years, I’ve thought about the creation and evolution of various kata. Where did they come from and what was the motivation behind each one and what are the lessons to be learned? On the most basic level they were created…

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Seven Qualities of a Champion

Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Asian Pacific Association Annual luncheon at the United States Air Force Academy. The guest of honor at this auspicious event was Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, the “Father of American Taekwondo”. Master Rhee came to this country in 1956 as a South Korean Army officer and…

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