|A likeness of Higaonna Kanryo sensei|
|A likeness of Miyagi Chojun sensei|
When Miyagi Chojun accepted responsibility for the way he practised his karate and kobudo, it turned out to be different to the way his teacher practised his. Blasphemy!!!....no, just fact. Of course, what Miyagi sensei passed on was heavily influenced by his teacher...but only an idiot would believe it was exactly the same. There are a million-and-one things that create differences between how you end up doing something, and the way your teacher taught you to do it.
|A likeness of Higa Seiko sensei|
Teaching is displaying what is possible, learning is making it possible for yourself. Regardless of how brilliant your teacher is or was, if you're hopeless then forget it...it's just not going to happen! A good teacher will discover ways that allow skills to flow from one generation to the next, a poor teacher won't. From what I know of the men pictured here, they were all normal human beings; they lived very different lives and they all had different strengths and weaknesses; and yet each of them managed to pass something of great value on to others.
That they pursued their training with integrity for the main span of their lives, in my book, makes all three karateka the same....but different!