The difficulty of preserving tradition.

The difficulty of preserving tradition. . (begin quote) “It is very difficult to keep tradition, not only in karate do, but also in other martial arts. In order to do so, both teachers and students seriously need to do their best. Students need to have an understanding of karate while enjoying it. Of course, teachers…

“If you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast.”

“If you can’t do it slow, you can’t do it fast.” . My sensei would often make us practice our techniques in super slow motion to ensure we were using proper form and really developing an understanding of the nuances of each movement. . Of course, it took me a while to understand why we…

Your sensei will not always be there.

There are teachers where you can learn the techniques of karate, and there are teachers where you can learn the techniques and principles of karate. There are also teachers where you can learn the “Way of karate”, to develop physique, technique, principles, character, mind and spirit. . To me, the real teachers are those who…

The journey is often far more interesting than the destination.

Traditional martial arts are a lifetime journey of maturity and growth, everlasting in the quest of self-improvement; emotionally, physically and spiritually, developing real lifetime skills and wisdom. . Karate is like following a path to the top of a mountain. We are all on different paths in the beginning, but as we get closer to…

“It is a cultural asset of Okinawa.”

“Life is about knowing if you receive and counter, or just deflect. Knowing the good distance or how your timing should be, these are all part of life. In that sense, karate is to be practiced to toughen yourself, every time over and over…. It’s a lifetime’s work.” – (end quote) . Kenyu Chinen 9th…

“Our karate is not a sport but a budo.”

“Our karate is not a sport but a budo. By budo, I mean to temper oneself. To never give up. This spirit can be reached only if one goes through hard training with all one’s might. Spiritual strength comes only through hard training. So more than a sport, it is about tempering oneself. It is…

“Training is everything.”

“Training is everything.…….Good students follow where you practice.” – (end quote) – Masaaki Ikemiyagi 9th dan Goju Ryu . . Consistent practice at the dojo is essential to learn and to improve. Regular attendance and practice outside the dojo is also essential. . Regular practice at home, helps maintain the learning that occurred in the…

Questions? I’ve got ALL the answers.

Highly opinionated people don’t usually ask for anyones opinion. They think they have the answers for everything and are easily offended by any opposing view. Highly opinionated people tend to lack a bit of empathy or understanding toward anyone who doesn’t think their way. Their minds are closed off because they already know the right…