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If you watch closely you will see two short clips from the TKRI demonstrations at the Missouri Botanical Gardens this year. Nice job guys.

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”)

"Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a karateka you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best ask yourself whether you too may not be failing to practice with diligence. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he perceives in others and avoid the bad."
Funakoshi Gichin


May 2020

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