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Karate For “Perfection Of Character”: Truth Or Just Part Of The “Marketing”? – A Historical Perspective

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants”. This is a famous quote by Gichin Funakoshi. But did he mean it, or was he just saying what he knew the Japanese wanted to hear? Was it real, or was it just part of the “marketing” of Karate? Continue reading

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Kaizen: Continuous Improvement And Martial Arts

Kaizen is a Japanese method of continuous and deliberate improvement. It is also ingrained into most traditional martial arts. Continue reading

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How Exactly Is Fighting More Mental Than Physical?

It has been said for centuries that fighting is more mental than physical. How can this be?
Find out one explanation. Continue reading

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Look Them Straight In The Eye . . . . . Or Should You?

When confronted by an attacker, people often say “look em straight in the eye”. But doing this can leave you vulnerable to a low attack or an attack from a second assailant. So what do you do. Continue reading

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Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

A brilliant insight into mindset of a martial artist (my Sensei and Tai Chi teacher) and what we should strive for. Continue reading

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