Karate-Do: My Way of Life

Karate DoA recommended read for any karate practitioner

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Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the “Father of Karate-do.”

Out of modesty, he was reluctant to write this autobiography and did not do so until he was nearly ninety years of age. Trained in the Confucian classics, he was a schoolteacher early in life, but after decades of study under the foremost masters, he gave up his livelihood to devote the rest of his life to the propagation of the Way of Karate. Under his guidance, techniques and nomenclature were refined and modernized, the spiritual essence was brought to the fore, and karate evolved into a true martial art.

Various forms of empty-hand techniques have been practiced in Okinawa for centuries, but due to the lack of historical records, fancy often masquerades as fact. In telling of his own famous teachers-and not only of their mastery of technique but of the way they acted in critical situations-the author reveals what true karate is. The stories he tells about himself are no less instructive: his determination to continue the art, after having started it to improve his health; his perseverance in the face of difficulties, even of poverty; his strict observance of the way of life of the samurai; and the spirit of self-reliance that he carried into an old age kept healthy by his practice of Karate-do.

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Dojo Etiquette

Here are just some simple rules to remember when entering the dojo; whether it’s your own or when you are visiting somebody else’s.

  1. Entering/leaving the dojo area: whether you’re entering or leaving the dojo you should always make sure you bow. It shows that you respect the space you are about to train in.
  2. To the instructor or anybody else: you should always greet the instructor, coach, or fellow student with a bow. Like the dojo itself, it shows that you want to give them your respect.
  3. Hygiene: a clean uniform, clipped toe/fingernails, and a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. Clipped nails is also a safety thing! Nobody wants to get scratched.
  4. Talking: the best time to have a conversation is at the end of class. Having a conversation while your instructor’s trying to teach… not the best time.
  5. Equipment: remember that the equipment in the room is for everybody to use. Studio 1Throwing it around may damage the equipment, the space, or actually hurt somebody. So it’s probably best if it doesn’t go airborne.
  6. Jewellery: watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings (especially diamond rings) should be removed before class. Keeping them in a safe place at home will prevent them from either being damaged or worse… stolen! Jewellery or any other accessory can also cause injury.
  7. Sick: if you’re sick, it’s probably best to rest.
  8. Profanity/Insults: sometimes it’s best left unsaid. Avoid swearing or saying something mean about another student. We’re all here to become better martial artists and saying inappropriate things is definitely not allowed.
  9. Blaming Others: take responsibility for your actions. If it’s something you sincerely didn’t do, bring the situation to your instructor. They can help mediate the situation and help avoid any further conflict. (i.e. who tagged who in the warm-up game!).
  10. Last but not least… Ego: leave the ego off the mats. nobody likes a know-it-all. We’re all leaders in the dojo and must lead by example.

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