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The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai

Japan’s First Government Sanctioned Budo Association ~by Pat McCarthy The samurai warriors of ancient Japan lived with a philosophy unique in the annals of mankind: they pledged their very lives as an act of loyalty to their lords. To sacrifice

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Training with "The Cat"

Sensei YamaguchiAn American Student Recalls the Brutal Workouts of Goju-Ryu Master Gogen Yamaguchi.

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The Bartender’s Knife

The Chinatown district of Yokokama has been famous for its lively entertainment strip, which caters to the pleasure of tourists and servicemen. One hot summer night, not too many years ago, a seamen’s sayonara party was taking place in one

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Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyohan: Practice Fighting

by Yamaguchi Gogen “The Cat” Editor’s note:  This article is the third in a three part series excerpted from Yamaguschi’s classic karate text, “Goju Ryu Karate Do Kyohan: The History and Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate,” now in reprint. Previous articles

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Tradition, Standards & Discipline

The core of true martial arts is the rising and advancing of the spirit. Sadly, in modern times the true “heart” of budo has taken a back seat to ego, the lust for fame and fortune, and public gullibility. Famed

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The Significance of Kata

Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyohan Editor’s note: This article is the second in a three part series excerpted from Yamaguschi’s classic karate text, “Goju Ryu Karate Do Kyohan: The History and Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate,” now in reprint. The first article was

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The Circle of Power

~by Richard Kim, Ph.D. Sensei and I were high in the mountains overlooking Yugawara.  The air was crisp and we stood silently, breathing and enjoying the clean air. Sensei broke the silence by saying softly, “Stand as if in attention,”

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Gautama to Bhodidharma

by Allan Watts

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Memoirs of a Karate Man

Sensei Chojun MiaygiMemoirs of a Karate Man: Miyagi provides a firsthand account of the development of karate in the early 20th century and in this sense his book is invaluable.

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Morality in Karate

~by O’Sensei Richard Kim (excerpt from The Weaponless Warrior) During the Satsuma occupation of Okinawa, a Japanese samurai, who had lent money to a fisherman, made a trip on collection day to Itoman Province where the fisherman lived. Unable to

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