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The famous Chinese general Sun Tzu, author of the classic The Art of War, said that the greatest general is not the one who can defeat 100 armies in 100 battles. Rather, it is the one who can control things so well that the need to fight never arises. Stephen Covey in his book The…

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Fusei Kisei Meiyo Kaicho OSMKKF

The first time I saw Fusei Kise perform his kata, I was amazed at the power generated when he moved. Since that time, I have seen a lot of students that try to mimic his motions, but there is just something missing. The ability to concentrate all the movements of the body to generate maximum…

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The Chinese principle of Wu Wei or Non-Action is often misunderstood and seen as a weak or passive strategy. Often the brilliance of this thinking is overlooked or underrated. The concept is often explained with the example of the mighty oak tree breaking in half during a raging storm, while the lowly bamboo tree lays…

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Okinawa Martial Arts Blog

During the course of the last several weeks, I listed the 7 ideals of the Budoka. These are the same precepts the Samurai followed and are known to us as the Code of Bushido. Some of you may be saying “so what”. We aren’t Samurai. Truth be told, maybe we aren’t or should we be…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

The first of the precepts is rectitude or “right thinking” but arguably the precept that precedes and is the foundation for all the others is Courage. Without courage none of the other precepts could or would be acted upon. Courage is not reckless but thoughtful. It is often doing what one fears despite the fear,…

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