Monday, 7 October 2013

Keyboard Warriors and Karateka....

A gift from my sensei, Jundokan dojo, Asato c 1996
I wonder sometimes, when I read the commentary out there on the Internet about karate, whether or not the comments are coming from individuals who have earned the right to speak. From the topics being discussed, to the unfocused duality in the conversations going on, karate, at least on the Internet, is in a bad way.

What we see on-line is, I believe, an accurate reflection of what's happening in reality; karate has been absorbed by the 'pop-culture' and the prepubescent mentality that goes along with it: although it begs the question, can anything be done about it, perhaps a better question might be, should anything be done about it?

I'm all for letting the idiots get on with it, prohibition has never worked, and besides, who would get to decide what is and what isn't good karate? Authenticity can't be faked, like the notion of Zen, the more you smother it in words and ceremony, the further away you stand from it's essence.

It must be desperately difficult for the 'want-to-be-important' out there who can't seem to attract the kind of adulation they desire. The irony of their situation is a shining example of the child-like mentality that marks them out as players in the game rather than authentic karateka.

There is, in reality, nothing to differentiate a karate student from a karate teacher, they are merely two aspects of the same human aspiration: to absorb karate and make it your own. Your talk tells the world everything it needs to know about you, your actions only serve to confirm what is already known; and when your words and actions don't match....you have already proven yourself.