I am in the process of writing an article about the use/misuse of terms like ‘fighting spirit’ and ‘ego’ in karate training for this blog. I should have it up before too much longer. In the meantime I would like to invite readers to look at the attached articles and think about hazing, socialization, and abuse as they relate to the gendai budo such as karate. I am not trying to pick on Japan by drawing attention to these articles, hazing is a problem in most cultures, however budo people often get soft headed and doe eyed when something is regarded as traditional or common practice in Japan.

An Institutionalized Hazing System

Brutal Beating Death Brings Sumo’s Dark Side to Light

and last but not least;

Japan’s Education, Oct 1986, Tokyo Business Today (see last section, ” Tradtion without Responsibility”)