Martial Arts

9 Ways to Live Longer

We can learn a lot from Okinawan elders. Not just awesome karate, but we can all adopt their ways to live longer. Okinawa is known for having the highest population of adults over 100 years old, and more importantly, the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world, meaning they tend to live longer, higher quality…

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Lead the Japanese Way

When young, our parents and other adults caretakers lead us. As toddlers, their leadership takes a vital role in our development as well as our safety and well-being. Long ago, a Japanese friend of mine told me, “In Japan, we don’t say ‘no’ to kids.” “Oh?” I prompted. She said, “If a child is going to…

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Five-Year-Old Karate

A five-year-old Little Dragons student arrived as I prepared and pulled things together for that night’s karate classes. This was one of many evenings in our ongoing karate program. The five-year-old asked confidently, “Hey, Renshi, whatcha doin’?” His sudden outgoing nature surprised me and made me proud. This is the same boy who used to…

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Restraint with Chris

Here, Chris, and I discuss restraint and Dojo Kun number five. Last time, we talked about number four and respect. Chris is a respectful, intermediate adult karate practitioner. J: What’s the literal translation of Dojo Kun number five? C: It’s important to keep control over the fire that can rage in your blood. J: What…

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Traditions of Respect with Chris

Here, Chris gives his view on traditions of respect and Dojo Kun number four. Last time, we talked about number three and a will for striving. Chris is a nearly-to-his-ideal-weight intermediate adult karate student. J: Will you translate Dojo Kun number four? C: It’s important to take the traditions of respect seriously. J: So the…

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A Will for Striving with Chris

Here, Chris and I discuss a will for striving and Dojo Kun number three. Last time, we talked about number two and guarding the path of truth. Chris is an intermediate traditional karate student who spends a lot of time studying the kanji in the Dojo Kun. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo…

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Truth and Sincerity with Chris

This time, Chris, an adult karate student, will talk about truth and Dojo Kun number two. Last time, he discussed number one and human standards. Chris has trained in traditional karate for about a year and a half. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo Kun number two? C: It’s important to keep on,…

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Human Standards with Chris

We finally get to hear from an adult about human standards and the other Dojo Kuns. Chris is a laid-back family man. He has been in traditional karate for a year and a half. J: Chris, from talking with you, it sounds like you take the Dojo Kun’s meaning in Japanese literally. C: Yes, studying…

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SELF CONTROL WITH EMMA

Self control is very important, especially for 13-year-olds like Emma. Here is what this insightful karate teen had to say about it. (Last time, Emma discussed respect with me.) J: Emma, will you put Dojo Kun number five into your own words? E: Yes, if someone is saying mean things and making you mad, don’t…

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RESPECT WITH EMMA

Here, I discuss respect with a karate teen. Last time, Emma had a lot to say about perseverance.   J: How would you describe Dojo Kun number four? E: Always work at having respect, even in your attitude. J: Do you think a person could act respectfully, but with a disrespectful attitude? E: Well, yes.…

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