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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

The concept of “Giri” contains elements from words like loyalty, duty, responsibility and obligation. The Japanese kanji that make up giri, translate as loyalty, reason. Or, in other words, duty is the reason for loyalty. In America this is a hard concept to explain because most of our citizens are brought up to be very…

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Hei Jo Shin | Martial Arts Minute #1

Hei Jo Shin 平常心 (Ordinary, Common, Everyday Mind or Presence of mind) Heijoshin is a term that is not commonly used in Karate but is an important part of Iaijutsu. Despite it’s rarity in karate-do it is a term and concept that applies. Heijoshin (or peace of mind) is the by-product of a person’s complete…

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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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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. Today I’d like to focus on one aspect of the importance of perseverance. We all encounter obstacles on a daily basis. The key to overcoming them is our attitude and…

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