|Karateka - or - Kaicho's?|
I think there's a misunderstanding about karate, people seem to think it's a product, like a car or an expensive pair of sport shoes; at any-rate, there is a firm belief today that you can buy or sell karate for cash. And even though there is no evidence whatsoever to support the notion that the exchange of money will result in skill and knowledge, most karateka today still believe in paying cash for karate.
Good news for the sellers...right? But here's the thing, I've yet to meet anyone who is happy to admit they're making a good living from selling karate. Even though they often maintain a mortgage, and run a car, pay the rent on their 'dojo', and in some cases send their kids to private schools, yet they still insist that they are making very little money. I've always figured that's the kind of money I wouldn't like to be making too!
|Karate wasn't always practised in a designer dogi|
The number of FIFO (fly in - fly out) sensei in Okinawa and Japan has risen substantially in recent years, with each calendar month witnessing any number of seminars being held around the world. The number of package-tour karate holidays to Okinawa is steady, although a consistently low participation rate suggests that they may not last much longer, unless the sales campaign expands into Japan.
When you use the term 'the way of karate', do you know where that 'way' is leading you? Do you have a destination in mind...or are you content to hide behind the misconception that 'it's the journey that counts'. Well that's fine if you are, just so long as you don't apply the same logic to the rest of your life; otherwise, you're going to die having spent your entire life on the way to somewhere other than where you were....you missed your own life!
From time to time it's good to check that your 'way of karate' hasn't become a road to nowhere.