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The Double Edged Sword of the Martial Arts

Okinawa Martial Arts Blog

In traditional Japanese and Okinawan martial arts the terms Karate-Do and Karate-Jitsu are often used interchangeably and sometimes incorrectly. The emphasis of Karate-Do is on self-perfection and developing character, honor and integrity of the participant, the old “it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts”. Karate-Jitsu on…

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What have you done for Me Lately?

Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

In our “fast food” society we often don’t remember or appreciate the lessons of the past. We tend to flit to the newest rage, trend or video game without much thought as to what has come before. In the martial arts world we pay homage to the traditions and the masters of the past. We…

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Mageji Tamashii – Indomitable Spirit

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

Until World War II, the phrase Yamato- Damashii (also spelled Tamashii) was used to identify spiritual qualities supposedly unique to the Japanese people. These qualities included moral fortitude, courage, sincerity, devotion and an unswerving success oriented attitude. Originally, taken from the Chinese school of thought, the concept was based on unquestionable loyalty to emperor and…

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