Hinkaku 品格 ~Grace or Dignity

Hinkaku, a Japanese concept that can be loosely translated as “dignity,” holds a significant place in Japanese society and martial culture. It encompasses a range of virtues and qualities that elevate an individual above the ordinary, emphasizing character, spirit, and cultural propriety. In a Japanese context, hinkaku is directly associated with virtue and morality....

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Kicking for life. Hip replacement in martial arts.

Traditional martial arts and high-level combat sports require athletes to possess demanding athletic, technical, and mental disciplines. These sports fall into the category of contact sports, where various forms of physical contact, including standing combat, body-to-body encounters, ground combat, and percussion from hitting bags and pads, create a wide range of challenges and constraints....

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Are You A Master? 

Prior to the arrival of Korean martial artists, the use of the title “master” was not prevalent in North America. Japanese martial arts, which had a significant influence on the development of martial arts in the region, that commonly used the term “sensei” to denote seniority and expertise. However, as martial arts spread and...

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