MEMORIES OF MY TEACHER, CHOJUN MIYAGI

by Genkai Nakaima Remarks: This is a translation of the original article “Chojun Miyagi the Karate Master. His kindness is infinite. He preaches morality.” written by Mr. Genkai Nakaima which appeared in the local monthly magazine “Aoi Umi” No.70 February 1978 issue (pages 99-100) published by Aoi Umi Shuppansha. This special issue featured Okinawan karate […]

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THE LEGEND OF CHOKI MOTOBU

Remarks: This is a complete translation of the article written by Mr. Seijin Jahana, the original title “Choki Motobu, a Forerunner of Combative Karate” appeared in the monthly magazine “Aoi Umi” (=Blue Sea) No.70 February 1978 issue (pages 106-110). This number features articles on Okinawan karate masters. The magazine was published in Okinawa but was […]

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What are martial arts lesson worth?

by ¬†Andrew Wood I am often asked by friends who know my martial arts background what they should pay for their children’s lessons or indeed for their own? Recently one of my best friends, my dentist called me outraged that the school he had just visited wanted what he considered to be too much money […]

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Important to know

Shu-Ha-Ri sounds foreign and opaque; but for the most part, it’s not. Most long-time martial arts practitioners actually know what Shu-Ha-Ri is, even without knowing the expression itself. Shu-Ha-Ri is a concept that can be useful in analyzing a student’s progress in martial arts practice. For example, in iaido, serious practitioners know that a shodan […]

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