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  • WHAT IS GI

    Actually, gi is not an independent word in Japanese. It is a suffix or a part of a compound word that means "clothing." When the Japanese refer to the uniform worn during karate class, they call it either karate­ gi (karate clothing) or keiko-gi (practice clothing). Most peo ple who do not speak Japanese, however, refer to it simply as gi. Karate-gi are traditionally made of cotton, though it is common nowadays to see gi made of polyester. Although today gi come in a wide variety of designs and colors, the first ones were simple and white, symbolizing purity. Even if your school does not stipulate ....

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  • WHAT IS KARATE

    This question may be answered quite simply. Karate is a martial art, a form of self-defense. It teaches students to develop fast, powerful punches and kicks as well as skills in joint manipulation and throwing. You can rightly call it ancient. It was first developed centuries ago on the islands of Okinawa, which is now the southernmost part of Japan. Karate probably originated from the martial arts of China, to which Okinawans were exposed through trade with the Chinese from as early as the fourteenth century. It is widely accepted today that “karate” means “empty hand” in Japanese. In the 1920s, however, when karate was introduces to mainland Japan ....

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  • WHAT IS IPPON

    In Japanese martial arts competition, a full point scored during free sparring matches is called ippon. Though ippon simply means “one point, “ in karate this score is given to a technique that in real combat would have been a debilitating or killing blow. The same conventions are followed in other Japanese martial arts such as judo and kendo. Although modern matches can go up to three points, a great deal of weight is placed upon each point because, had the conflict been real, the person scored against could have forfeited his or her life. Each ippon is a very serious warning and lesson. For this reason, it was traditionally considered bad practice to hold back against ....

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  • WHAT IS SENSEI

    In your study of karate, no one will be more important to you than your teacher, your sensei . The word is made up of two ideograms, sen, which means "ahead" or "precede," and sei, which means "life.'' Put together they create a new word that means "one who is ahead of you in life.” Your sensei, your teacher, is your elder and is deserving of respect. In Japan, teachers are considered to be more than just instructors of a particular subject. They are regarded as role models for their students in all aspects of life. Japanese teachers of math or social studies, for example, are expected not only to know about their ....

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  • WHAT IS DOJO

    People who practice karate refer to the school or club where they train as a dojo. This word can refer to the building that contains the school, or it can refer specifically to the room, gymnasium, or hall where they actually practice. If the class is held outdoors, the field under the open sky is the dojo. Do, the first ideogram in dojo, means "the way" or "the path," while Jo means "place." Dojo means "the place where one walks the way." You might think this is contradictory: you cannot, after all, walk very far if you're stuck inside a karate studio. The truth is, however, the time you spend training in a dojo ....

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  • WHAT IS DAN

    Many people who are not very familiar with martial arts think that after receiving a black belt there is nothing left to attain in karate. You may, however, have heard those with black belts refer to themselves as a first dan or higher. As this indicates, black belts have varying degrees, and attaining your first one is just the beginning. The ideogram dan means level or step. A stairway is called a kaidan, or "series of steps," in Japanese. The vari­ous dan of black belts, therefore, reflect various steps or levels of proficiency after attaining the black belt Incidentally, dan are assigned in a ....

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  • What is BUDO

    The Japanese refer to their modern martial arts as budo, which means "the martial way” or "the way of a warrior.” The more classical arts are usually called bujutsu, which means "martial techniques." Bujutsu include jujutsu,, out of which developed the more modem judo; ken­ jutsu, out of which came kendo; and aikijutsu, out of which developed aikido, judo, kendo, and aikido are budo, as is karate. The difference between bujutsu and budo is usually a mat ter of ....

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  • Living Budo

    Beloved Students, Every champion I ever knew lived Budo. To live Budo means to be passionately in love with your JuJitsu, Judo, or any Art you practice. If you love Budo, you always have your sport in the back of your mind no matter what you are doing all day long. You are then like the miser who has a big pot·· of gold buried in the cellar. He thinks of this in secret all during the day. It makes him feel good, it warms his heart. Living Budo is belonging. When you step on the mat you are going home. When you are off the mat, the knowledge that your beloved Budo, and your beloved Team, are waiting for you on the ....

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  • Gratitude

    HABBIT OF GRTITUDE----GRATITUDE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EMOTION IN THE UNIVERSE. IF YOU TRULY EXPRESS, FEEL AND RADIATE GRATITUDE, GOOD THINGS WILL COME TO YOU. YOU MUST LEARN TO BE HAPPY IN THE MOMENT. WHEN YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU WILL BE ASTONISHED BY THE REWARDS THAT FOLLOW. BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE AND EVERTHING YOU WANT. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO WANT, WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT OF LIFE? BE GRATEFUL THERE ARE THINGS STILL TO DREAM AND DESIRE. IT IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. ....

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