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Coulda’, Woulda’, Shoulda’

Karate - 空手

I think of all the times in my life I’ve missed opportunities. Happens to the best of us I’m afraid. Opportunities, like time, are not in limitless supply. The trick is to be prepared before the opportunity ever presents itself. We must be ready so that when the door opens we can walk through without…

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Kaizen no Michi – The path of constant and never ending improvement

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

When taking the opportunity to review how their karate training is going, most karateka reflect on: the training done with classmates, the excitement of chasing a dream, the confidence in following a training plan and being promoted to new belts and the feeling of being fit, as the criteria for measuring how ‘successful’ the training…

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Chinkuchi: The Unique Power of Uchinandi

The Uchinan Chu or Okinawan people use the term “chinkuchi” in Uchinan gushi (Okinawan language) to describe the power that occurs when using the mind and body in a spontaneous action creating maximum power with minimum effort. To achieve “chinkuchi” all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, breathing and mental intentions are in perfect coordination in…

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Coming Back

Karate - 空手

I have written many times about Nintai or Kennin Fubatsu (perseverance) and it’s relationship to martial arts and of course it’s importance in daily life. These days as we, hopefully, near the end of this terrible pandemic “coming back” from health setbacks or injury seems like an appropriate topic. So, today I’d like to focus…

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