It is estimated that probably 90% of Karate practitioners know little about their style and, other than the physical aspects, most of those practitioners seem content merely to practice karate, with little interest in studying the origins of their art. Those of us in World Sansei Goju-ryu Karatedo Karate and Kobudo Association are of different mentality. While we enjoy the physical aspects of Goju-ryu, we also have a burning desire to learn the history and the origins of our art.
Generations of secrecy have shed a veil of mystery around the history and origin of Okinawan karate. To a certain degree, this veil of secrecy still exists. This, coupled with the general lack of written records, has created the lack of information on the early years of Ryukyu martial arts. What little information we may have has come to us by scattered bits and pieces that somehow have come into the possession of modern karate historians or from those of you who were fortunate enough to have been told some of the history from an Okinawan sensei. Nevertheless, any attempt to write on karate "history" will leave many stones unturned, and the following attempt is no exception. A lot of questions are left unanswered, perhaps one day we will know more.
Hollywood film studios are guilty of a “grotesque distortion of history” which is destroying Karate do identity & we are as guilty to have allowed this art form to be taken hostage by the modern so called Karate movement in the United States.
and “formulaic” approach to history have left generations of practitioners confused.
Karate-Do strives internally to train the mind to develop a clear conscience, enabling one to face the world honestly, while externally developing strength to the point where one may overcome even ferocious wild animals. Mind and technique become one in true karate.
When you look at life think in terms of karate. But remember that karate is not only karate -- it is life.
To search for the old is to understand the new. The old, the new, this is a matter of time. In all things man must have a clear mind. The Way: Who will pass it on straight and well?
Just as it is the clear mirror that reflects without distortion, or the quiet valley that echoes a sound, so must one who would study Karate-Do purge himself of selfish and evil thoughts, for only with a clear mind and conscience can he understand that which he receives.
He who would study Karate-Do must always strive to be inwardly humble and outwardly gentle. However, once he has decided to stand up for the cause of justice, then he must have the courage expressed in the saying, "Even if it must be ten million foes, I go!" Thus, he is like the green bamboo stalk: hollow (kara) inside, straight, and with knots, that is, unselfish, gentle, and moderate.
There are many kinds of martial arts, ...at a fundamental level these arts rest on the same basis. It is no exaggeration to say that the original sense of Karate-Do is at one with the basis of all martial arts. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form itself. The kara of Karate-Do means this.
The correct understanding of Karate and its proper use is Karate-do. One who truly trains in this do [way] and actually understands Karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight.
Students of any art, including Karate-do must never forget the cultivation of the mind and the body.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy with out fighting is the highest skill.
The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.
As a result of commercialization and modernization of Karate, I must say we have had a lot of bogus application and techniques/ combinations and teaching techniques/ drills introduced.
Many of you might disagree with me, but my point is to say this…..
Karate has become so POLITICALLY AND COMMERCIALIZED that people have forgotten the true meaning of the art.
This can be majorly blamed on the lack of interest and knowledge that these techniques exist because the human mind is attracted to materialistic achievements/objects – (MONEY, FAME, RESPECT, MEDALS)
The way of Karate is a personal journey,
the starting point often being self
protection, uncovering on the way self
deception on the path leading to self