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  • Martial Arts Philosophy in Traditional Karate Uechi Ryu

    Having the ability to use both mental and physical soft and hard elements accordingly and freely while maintaining the state of gansei shusho is the philosophy of Uechi-ryu. Gansei refers to the ability to accurately capture the movements, feelings, and energy of others, while shusho is about responding swiftly, comfortably, confidently, and appropriately to others. It is essential to balance both hardness and softness in Uechi-ryu, as hardness is not just an element of strength but also includes the element of softness. Flexed muscles, holding a full breath, and a racing mind are examples of hardness, while relaxed muscles, exhaling, and a calm mind are examples of softness. The ....

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  • What to tell a new martial arts student?

    Remember, there's no need to be hard on yourself. You're already doing great, just as you are. Remember, patience is key, and so is giving yourself time. All new students face the challenge of our curriculum. But a little practice outside the classroom can make a significant difference. Consider jotting down a few notes after class to help you remember what you want to practice. And don't forget to take advantage of the training videos on our website. This way, you'll find the curriculum becoming more familiar and comfortable in no time. It's natural to feel a bit unsure when you're new to something. Most people are not used to touching someone else or having someone else touch them. ....

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  • More than Martial Arts at the OKCC, Chantilly - Sea Turtles!

    Martial arts isn't the only thing we have in our karate center. We also have an Okinawa cultural center. On dispay, we have Okinawa Hawksbill Sea Turtles courtesy of Mrs. Anne (Freimuth) Stratland, who grew up in Okinawa and donated 2 Sea Turtles to the cultural center here in Chantilly, VA. I has the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Stratland and the transcript of her story about the Sea Turtles follows. Interview Notes with Anne (Freimuth) Statland about Okinawa Hawksbill Sea Turtles by Nestor Folta 5-14-2024 I have two turtles from Okinawa that were presented to my dad before we moved to the US in 1966. One hung in our family room in Annandale, ....

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  • The Mind in our Martial Arts - Karate Mind

    Okinawa is worldwide recognized as the “Birthplace of Karate.”The Government of Okinawa recognizes only three styles of karate as original to Okinawa.Uechi Ryu is one of them! Master Folta teaches, “The mind controls everything. TM ”The focus is to build your mind to be sharp like a knife. Your disciplined mind strengthens your body with self-conditioning beyond your personal limits. Your strong mind can endure hardship and difficult training, even a tremendous amount of body conditioning, and transform your person into a weapon. By conditioning your mind, you can withstand attacks, leaving your opponent feeling defeated. Uechi Ryu trains the mind ....

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  • Morning Ritual Part 2- Hot lemon water

    Instagram: masterfoltasays As a dedicated Martial Arts Instructor, health is vital. The old Karate Masters in Okinawa and around the world all have special rituals they make part of their everyday living to stay slim and trim and ensure their body organs can function precisely. Here's a helpful tip. Instead of a coffee right when you wake up…try starting your mornings with a warm cup of lemon water! One fresh squeezed lemon in 4oz of hot water. Nothing before and nothing after for 30 minutes. 🍋Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which supports immune function and aids in digestion 🫖The warm water helps to stimulate the digestive system and hydrate the body after a ....

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  • The Surprising Link Between Mindfulness and Weight Loss

    Are you looking to shed some extra pounds? If so, you may want to consider practicing mindfulness. Yes, you read that right! There is a surprising link between mindfulness and weight loss that has been backed by research. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. It involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. This practice has been found to not only reduce stress and anxiety but also aid in weight loss. One study published in the Journal of Obesity found that individuals who practiced mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques lost significantly more weight compared to those who did ....

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  • Okinawa Karate and Cultural Center Opens! - Part 2 Master Folta Article in Okinawa Newspaper

    Okinawa Times Newspaper T 112 English Translation of the article originally published in Japanese, Okinawa Japan on Dec. 25. 2023 World Correspondent Net / Okinawa Times Newspaper: 12.25.2023 Okinawa Karate and Cultural Center Opens! Part 2 of 2-part series continuing from last month about Mr. Nestor T. Folta, a karate 8th dan . by Teiko Yonaha Tursi, Okinawa Times Overseas Correspondent/Essays This year, Nestor-Sanopened the Okinawa Karate Center (OKCC) near Washington, D.C. It is indeed the achievement of "self-realization." Self-actualization isoriginally a psychological term that refers to the most advanced level of desire that humans canreach. With a passion for ....

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  • OKCC Grand Opening article in Okinawa Newspaper

    Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper English Translation of the article originally published in Japanese, Okinawa Japan on Dec. 10, 2023 Okinawa Karate Cultural Center Washington, DC, Grand Opening Celebration by Tamiko Suzuki, Asian Overseas Correspondent, Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper 12-10-2023 The Okinawa Karate Cultural Center opened in Chantilly, a town near Washington, DC. The founder of the center is Uechi-ryu Shihan Nestor Folta, an 8th-degree black belt world champion. The new Okinawa Karate Cultural Center is a one-of-a-kind facility in the U.S. It includes a karate dojo, a multi-purpose room with displays of traditional Okinawan crafts and artifacts, a large photo of the Shureimon ....

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  • Part 1 Article about Master Folta in Okinawa Newspaper

    Okinawa Times Newspaper OT 111 English Translation of the article originally published in Japanese, Okinawa Japan on Nov. 27, 2023 OT 111 : ワールド 信員 ネット : 【空手八段のフォルタさん、伝統文化と歩み伝える】 World Correspondent Net / Okinawa Times Newspaper: 11.27.2023 Karate 8thDan Folta, “Walking with Traditional Culture” Part 1 or 2-part series about Mr. Nestor T. Folta, a karate 8th dan. by Teiko Yonaha Tursi, Okinawa Times Overseas Correspondent/Essays Nestor T. Folta (70), a civil engineer, moved from the United States to Okinawa 40 years ago in 1983, where he lived for five years. Since then, he has continued to live with Okinawan culture. When he lived ....

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