Martial Arts

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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Be Aware of Opportunities and Create Your Own Luck

Every single day that you wake up is an opportunity. You can be miserable, if you so choose. We all have negative aspects of our lives. On the other side of the coin, each new day is your chance to start again, with a more positive attitude. We all have blessings in our lives for which we can be grateful. We have opportunities all around us.

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Positive Affirmations out of the Dojo Kun

These character-building picture books for children are fun and a little weird. They contain martial arts, karate kids, Japanese words and monsters. The monsters represent the negative character traits which we must all battle, at times, in order to lead better lives. The third and latest book, “The Follow Through Karate Kids,” also contains the Dojo Kun in positive affirmations.

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