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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 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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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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Gosei Yamaguchi – The Constant Innovator Part 1

Sensei Gogen YamaguchiIt was near the end of the interview when we realized it. I asked when his father had passes away, and he gave me the date, May 20, 1989. “Come to think of it, what a coincidence!” said Gosei Yamaguchi. “In Japan they are a day ahead.” The date in San Francisco, where we spoke, was May 19, 1995.
Yet the conversation, while beginning with Mr. Yamaguchi’s famous father Gogen Yamaguchi and his life in Japan, had also traveled across the ocean, to the large, sunlit Goju-Kai dojo where we sat. For Gosei Yamaguchi has not merely carried on his father’s ways, but has continued them. Think of it” To follow the ways of an innovator, you, too, must innovate, and this Mr. Yamaguchi has done.

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How to control your opponant by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

To control opponents you must know kyo (open) off guard. ‘The worst off guard is mental off guard. This happens if there is a mental kyo: Emotion becomes unstable . Ki is lost . Attention is fixed only in one

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