|Ippon Kumite, it's karate's answer to everything|
The level of long-term dependency now built into karate, by individual instructors and associations, is a huge contradiction of the 'tradition' the very same instructors and associations claim to be preserving. There is nothing 'traditional' about karate associations, in fact, the early attempts in Okinawa to form them never lasted long, and usually ended in acrimony between the 'founders'. Miyazato Eiichi sensei tried being a member of a couple in his day, but he tiered of them quite quickly and left, telling me..."Too much talk, karate is about just do." and yet......
|The Shinseidokan - Oct 2014|
Karate was always a dojo based activity, even before formal dojo existed. It was a pact between you and your teacher; you promised to work hard and conduct yourself properly, and your teacher promised to teach you what he knew. The dojo, (the gathering place) is a fundamental idea for the passing-on of karate, and yet this has been left behind by the formation of the multi-national, global, karate empires we see today. It's a development that speaks more to the selfish desires of a few, than it does to the hopes and dreams of the many.
Empires are made up of individuals, and so is karate...you can chose to be a part of either or both, but not at the same time!