|Torii gate in Japan. Photo by Heather From, Uchi Deshi|
|'Aerial Karate' - color pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
Traditional Karate is very different. It is about perfecting oneself and as stated by Chojun Miyagi, it is also about "... training oneself to be able to overcome an opponent with a single technique". This is why those who train at the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai hombu in Mesa, Arizona, are taught to develop maximum focus and work towards a skill of a one-punch knockout: not a knockout in a ring or cage, but a knockout that may save your life during an aggressive attack on the street. If a person has to use more than one technique in self-defense, they stand to lose the battle and possibly their life.
|Gichin Funakoshi, pencil sketch by Soke Hausel|
By definition, a martial art requires not only martial combat technique, but also esoteric value to guide a martial artist along an ethical and moral path. Think about it for a second. How many politicians are you aware of who train in traditional martial arts? Most of us would say none, others might answer Vladimir Putin, the Premier of Russia. After all Putin is reported to have a black belt in sport Judo.
But traditional martial and politics are antipathetic towards one another. Traditional martial arts requires honesty, ethics and morals. Politics requires a broken polygraph.
|'Okinawan sunrise', pencil sketch bo Soke Hausel|