Monday, 22 July 2013

The difficulty of just being...

What stops certain people entering a dojo?
At the door to the Shinseidokan dojo a Shisa stands guard, ready to repel evil spirits and keep the dojo clear for those who want to engage in something wholesome, the challenge of authentic karate training. Evil spirits...I hear you say....that's a bit much in this day and age......oh really?

So what do you call the guy who stands before you as a 'master'? What do you call the thinking of the individual who seeks out the vulnerable, the young, and the impressionable, so they can be manipulated for his own financial or sexual gratification? And what do you call the intention of those inadequate little men and women who attend 'meetings', sit on 'committees', and work tirelessly to make karate an environment where they can live out their dreams of being important?

Is evil too strong a word to use here? I don't think so, for such people care little about the harm they do to others. There is an ethical and ideological chasm as big as the Grand Canyon that stands between those who train in an authentic way, and the people involved in the 'Martial Arts Industry' I think the truth of the matter is that the majority no longer have the strength of character or the moral fibre needed for authentic training, being a karateka is just too difficult for most people.......