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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,…

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The 5 Element Theory

Hei Jo Shin | Martial Arts Minute #1

The foundation of modern martial arts stems from deep-rooted Chinese theories and philosophies. Some of the more well-known are the yin-yang theory, the 5-element theory, the 8 primary angles of…

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Why do we do what we do?

Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

Over the last several weeks I’ve had conversations with a number of people about why they train and why I continue to train and teach into my 6th decade of…

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