|L - R: Me, the late Gibu Sokuichi sensei, Miguel Da Luz....circa 2010|
So I have to wonder, why do so many who think of themselves as "traditional" karateka these days need to be constantly reminded of how to conduct themselves? With the increase in karate-tourism to Okinawa, it's easy for karate teachers and students to fool themselves in to believing they are training in Okinawa, conducting research, or my personal favorite piece of nonsense..."breathing the same air the masters breathed".....(pass me a bucket, I'm about to throw-up!).
|Me outside the Jundokan....I can't remember when!|
Recently, the Okinawa Karate Kobudo Liaison Bureau, posted a note of "clarification" to remind karate-tourists and other visitors to Okinawa, about how to behave when they engage with either the Bureau, or directly with Okinawan sensei and dojo: you can read it here. When I read it I shook my head....the grown up world of karate, it seems to me, has been overrun by children.