The technical terms we readily use in traditional karate today, bear a surprising secret: they emerged long after the techniques themselves.

(2 minute read) The technical terms we readily use in traditional karate today, bear a surprising secret: they emerged long after the techniques themselves. . Imagine stepping into an early Okinawan karate dojo. Unlike today’s regimented classes, this environment was very different. . The teachers of the time passed down their knowledge to only a…

Don’t confuse tournament prowess with real-world combat.

(1 minute 7 second read) Do you consider yourself someone who rises to challenges head-on? . While strength and courage are valuable traits, it’s crucial to understand that fighting shouldn’t be the first resort in resolving conflict. . Street fights are unpredictable and fraught with dangers: hidden weapons, unexpected allies, and potentially fatal environmental hazards….

“Karate-do may be referred to as the conflict within yourself.”

(1 minute 49 second read) What motivates you to practice karate, or any martial art? . That’s a question that echoes in every dojo. Karate, as rewarding as it is, can often feel like a battle against your own comfort zone. . The truth is, motivation isn’t some mystical gift bestowed upon a chosen few….

“In karate I live, in karate I die.”

(1 minutes 40 second read) Chōshin Chibana (1885-1969) stands as a pivotal figure in the history of Okinawan karate, earning the moniker “Last Warrior of Shuri” for his dedication and contributions to the martial arts. . Born in 1885, his life intertwined with the evolution of Okinawan martial arts, leaving an indelible mark on its…

“How far does the way continue? How far can I go? What happens if I keep going? What did the generations of masters attain?”

(2 minute 5 second read) Karate-Do, the “way of the empty hand,” much more than the sum of its parts; a centuries-old tradition steeped in history, philosophy, and self-improvement. . Over generations, countless karate masters, including well-known figures such as Itosu, Higaonna, Funakoshi, Hanashiro, Kyan, Uechi, Miyagi, Toyama, Mabuni, Arakkaki, and many others, have dedicated…

“The wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.”

(1 minute 16 second read) Humility, a seemingly simple virtue, holds immense power, both within ourselves and in our interactions with the world. . Unlike arrogance, and there’s a lot of that about, which can halt learning, humility keeps you receptive to lessons, opportunities, and even criticism. . The journey from the novice white belt…