“Karate is my Life”

I started Karate over 45 years ago. The quote "Karate is my Life" is attributed to Morio Higaonna Sensei, 10th Dan Goju Ryu, Living Intangible Cultural Asset of Okinawa. (4th from right, front row and on my left). I had the good fortune to train with him a very short time in 2012 along with the heads of several other Karate styles. They all have three things in common - modesty, humility, and great skill. - Karate is My life too!
Higaonna Sensei

Practicing Karate is about continuing personal improvement on the path to enlightenment. Karate follows the philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Taoism. As such it would be an error to call oneself “MASTER”. Bodhidharma said, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!” Meaning that when you think you know everything, kill that thought and become humble again! Karate is not about contest and winning. Karate is about “not losing”. This kind of Karate is very different to commercial karate where there is a goal of awarding a Black Belt in 18 months to 2 years. Training becomes a spiritual experience. As Higaonna Sensei told me - “A black belt is worn around the heart, not the waist!” These principles also hold good in my consulting work.

Having practiced various styles of Karate and Tai Chi Chuan (Taiqiquan) since 1971 I can say
“I now nearly know, how much I do not know.”

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