|At the "Pine Tree" memorial to Funakoshi Gichin in Sueyoshi Park|
Of course being in Okinawa, so close to many great karateka, I always arrange to meet and discuss karate with several senior sensei; and this year was no different. Some of the conversations will be published in the months to come, but some will remain private; not because of the topics we discussed but because I believe such moments are personal.
I learnt a lot about human nature on this trip, not least my own! It became evident early on, for example, that as much as I need to work on my karate and kobudo technique I still have a lot of work to do on my character. It also became very clear, as I shared the dojo floor with folk from around the world, that I share few of the concerns many seem to have about karate; indeed, the things that concern me didn't rate a mention.
I did confirm one thing though....my belief that karate is an activity we pursue alone, all be it in the company of others sometimes.