A Peaceful and Free World: An Okinawan Ideal

This Guiding Principle contains some of the most powerful words in Nakamura Sensei’s instructional document. Especially considering the tumultuous struggles of Ryukyu history. Even after all of the turbulence, Nakamura O Sensei still held high the ideal of a peaceful and free world. In fact, he instructed his students (and by extension, traditional martial artists in current times) to build such a world.

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How to Determine Your Child’s Ninja Smarts Safety Quotient

This quiz on Ninja Smarts is about personal safety for youth. It helps adults start important conversations which are often difficult (drug use, strangers, weapons in school). It includes positive samurai affirmations to counteract the “yucky.” The blog gives tips to parents, and gives kids a safety quotient.

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Martial Artists Together in Brotherhood

As one of very few female karateka in our dojo, and (at that time) the only adult female, I wondered what exactly it meant “to bring sincere martial artists together in brotherhood.” It was that word brotherhood that made me curious. Did it mean that I was excluded? Was this a man’s thing? 

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