Ikigai and Mortality

Individuals who believe their lives are worth living, live longer. From Psychology Today magazine. “Only the good die young.” While this may have been true in the adolescent fantasies of Billy Joel, it does not square with the results of a recently-published study by Toshimasa Sone and colleagues at Tohoku University Graduate School of...

YIN AND YANG IN KARATE-DO

The Yin-Yang symbol is ubiquitous – from coffee mugs and tattoos, to t-shirts and key rings.  Although its teardrop-shaped halves are generally interpreted as”good and evil”, “negative and positive”, “male and female”, or “dark and light”, among martial artists, its value runs deeper. While most commonly associated with Chinese systems, it also has a profound and abiding connection to Okinawan,...