|A sacred grove in Okinawa - but, does Okinawan karate hold any mysteries?|
When you travel to Okinawa for the first time, you can't help but get swept up in the mystery of it all. Almost everyone looks like they could be a karateka, and every old wooden building looks like it could be a dojo. The truth is, compared to the size of the population, the percentage of Okinawan's who practice karate and kobudo is rather small and always has been.
I've written before about the problems involved in not taking responsibility for your self as you study karate - here, here, and here, and at the time I did hint that I would return to this subject at some point, so he I am. This time, it's not karate, but aikido (?) being used to fulfill a fantasy, and make a pile of $'s in the process. Here is a great article articulating why people are open to such nonsense. Unfortunately, the site may try to display an advert, but get past that and you'll find some very interesting reading.
There are a great many charlatans thriving in today's karate; not all as dumb or as obvious as the 'masters' you've come across in this post; but remember what the common denominator is in the success of all these characters....people who believe it's possible to get something for nothing. Their desire to belong to 'the group', coupled with an ego driven reluctance to change even when they know things just aren't right, this is what keeps the karate world full of little gods!
Of course, you're no doubt too smart to fall for anything like this, right? Well...maybe you should read the article again and ponder a while on why you're so confident about that.....