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Theodore Kruczek is the founder and head writer of the Okinawan Karate-do Institute. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin-ryu with more than 14 years of experience. This site was created as his way of both teaching his own Karate and learning about others.
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It is said, “Appoint the intelligent, employ the capable, and business will show a profit before long; make rules clear and directions precise, and business will be auspicious without divination; honor achievement and support hard work, and prosperity will be attained without prayer.”

It is also said, “The timing of the heavens is not as good as the advantage of the earth; the advantage of the earth is not as good as harmony among people.” What sages value is human management.

— Master Wei Liao

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

— Italian Proverb

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.

— Zen Proverb

In fact, the truth of Zen is the truth of life, and life means to live, to move, to act; not merely to reflect.

— D.T. Suzuki

Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.

— Dōgen

Before we can forgive one another, we must understand one another.

— Emma Goldman

Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful.

— Buddha

When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots – it is not yet painting Spring.

— Dōgen

The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focused on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself within the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene.

— Zhuangzi

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

— Shunryu Suzuki

That our pains and longings are thousandfold and can be anesthetized in a thousand different ways is as commonplace a truth as that, in the end, they are all one, and can only be overcome in one way. What you most need is to feel.

— Dag Hammarskjöld

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

— Dalai Lama

Triangle Choke

Options from the Ground Last week we talked about the option of performing a kimora from the ground. To add to our arsenal of techniques that we can  perform from the ground, this week we will be looking at the triangle choke.…

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Water and words…Easy to pour, impossible to recover.

— Chinese Proverb

We took a bus to the nearby monastery of one of the last great Tang dynasty Chan masters, Yun-men. Yun-men was known for his pithy one word Zen. When asked What is the highest teaching of the Buddha? he replied: An appropriate statement. On another occasion, he answered: Cake. I admired his directness.

— Stephen Batchelor

A walk with a two-year-old is very Zen; it is not about the end but the journey. He needs to pet the dog someone is walking; to roll down the slight incline to the church basement, and then roll again, and again, and again; to remind me of the place where the wasps (he calls them bees) live, then zoom past it.

— Marc Aronson

If you believe everything you read, you better not read.

— Japanese Proverb

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

— Marie Curie

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately although it is true it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.

— Shunryu Suzuki

I have discovered that all of mans unhappiness derives from only one source, not being able to sit quietly in a room.

— Blaise Pascal

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

— Lao Tzu

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

— Dalai Lama

The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. The strategist makes small things into big things, like building a great Buddha from a one foot model.

— Miyamoto Musashi

Hip Toss

Putting Your Opponent Down While fighting an opponent who is also standing up and throwing punches back can be a great way to relax, it is far from the ideal way to fight a serious attacker. If the attacker is…

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Per the request of Deirdre O’Rourke, all of the Pinan videos have been updated to include the sequence written out at the bottom. Feel free to print it out and use it to learn the pattern!

Put a lot of work into making the site mobile friendly and easier for me to update. Three articles on grappling are in the queue to be uploaded soon. Hoping to focus on all aspects of the budo lifestyle rather than just application of karate techniques.

Age Uke

Translation Commonly translated as a “high block”, Age Uke is made up of two symbols. The first is “age” which translates to “rising” rather than “high” (which would be “jodan”). The second is “uke” which we have discussed before means…

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Kagi Uke

Translation Kagi Uke is made up of two symbols. “Kagi”, meaning “hooking” and “Uke” meaning “to receive” or “block”. This is translated as “to hook that which is received” or more commonly “hooking block”. There are a few ways of…

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Hikite

Translation Hikite is broken down into two symbols. Hiki, which means “pull” and Te, which means “hand”. Therefore Hikite can be translated as “the pulling hand”. It describes the hand that is pulled to your hip simultaneously as you punch or strike with the…

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Limited Food Intake

Limited Food Intake

80 Percent Full One of the most unique parts of the Okinawan diet is the idea that you should always eat until you are about 80 percent full. This idea of not over indulging is at the core of the traditional Okinawan…

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Kyusho-jutsu

Kyusho-jutsu

Translation Kyosho is translated as the vital points of the body. Jutsu is an art with the absence of philosophy. Kyoshu-jutsu then is translated as the art of the vital points of the body. This is an art that teaches…

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Kihon Fukazatsu

Kihon Fukazatsu

Complexes Fukazatsu is a word that means complex. Complexes are patterns, always done with a partner, that are extremely flexible and adaptable. They do not stem from a specific kata, but rather combine many concepts into realistic practice. There are a…

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enso

Enso

Buddhist Influence I have often talked about the influence of Buddhist philosophy on Karate-do’s beliefs on ethics. Someone recently made the point that philosophy is an ever ending and ever changing idea that moves between cultures. To say that Buddhism…

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sensei

Sensei

The Title Sensei When I was learning Karate, this word had a lot of significance. I remember for my 10th birthday my instructor took a good friend of mine, Maiko, and I out to get lunch at Pizza Hut. Sitting…

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Okinawan Style Diet

Okinawan Style Diet

Okinawan Diet Recently there have been a few posts on eating more like the Okinawans used to. I have received a few emails asking for a list of the types of foods that would be common in an old Okinawan diet.…

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Go Kenki (Wú Xiánguì)

Go Kenki (Wú Xiánguì)

Mystery Surrounding the Man For most karate students, the name Wú Xiánguì means absolutely nothing unless you like to read. He is rarely mentioned in books, except in passing, and his name is never discussed in classes, but the man has…

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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Soda Consumption The average soda (soft drink) consumption for the United States is one can a day. That is 364 cans per year. The nutritional facts of a classic Coke can state that there are 140 calories. This translates into an…

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Deep Stances

Deep Stances

You Don’t Do Deep Stances? Recently I got a lot of comments on my YouTube channel because I have higher stances than many karate schools. These were called “bad” and “incorrect”, so I would like to talk about it. I do…

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