When children have joy they don’t need to be taught “be good to others”, they’ll do it naturally because that is the highest expression of the human condition.
On the recent 3-day karate camp the children learnt so many things, but mostly they learnt about the structure of why we train the way we do. Continue reading “Be Happy.”
Came across this lovely translation of a chapter from an old Xingyiquan book earlier (link below). Mostly written in the first person, the part about ‘night fighting’ particularly interested me because lately our training in Tachimura-ha has focussed on Passai kata, which contains various techniques and strategies for developing ‘night fighting’ skill. Of course really it’s not ‘techniques for fighting in the dark’ but rather heightened ‘response-ability’ that is being improved. Continue reading “Passai Kata: Being Response-able”
Karate is a curious thing. You can do a sequence of movements for years, seeing them so clearly, painting over any gaps with your own ideas to dispel self-doubt in your understanding, and then a teacher reveals them in a different light resulting in a paradigm shift spiralling you upwards.
“To judge the personality of an individual we only teach part of the technique, then they will adjust it to their own Way and reveal the true heart of their karate.”
Very often we hear the phrase “karate begins and ends with courtesy”, which has largely come to mean ‘start and finish’ with a bow’, but I’d like to pass on something my teacher impressed upon me.
“Mokuso is not praying, but giving thanks.”From a post training conversation with Higa Kiyohiko during the summer of 2017