|My long-time friend, Sunagawa Hisao sensei, helping a student find a 'feeling'|
It made me wonder about the way folk like to structure karate, and divide it into those who know and those who don't. It's a construct that serves the people in the 'know' camp very well, for they now have a 'point of sale' through which they can pass karate on in dribs and drabs, and drip-feed their followers regardless of their ability to absorb the training. While this may be a good business model, it has little to do with passing karate on to the next generation.
Experience tells me that the longer you need to be pushed, pulled, lead, or drip-fed, the less likely it is you will ever come to understand karate beyond the kicking and punching bit. I believe a desire to help (sparingly) is okay, but a desire to teach, that's not so good. It distracts the mind from ones own practice and strokes the ego; and if left unchecked becomes down right unhealthy for the spirit. It's not uncommon for good karateka to loose themselves in a fog of good intention, but we all know where that road leads.
I still believe the best way to help someone become a good karateka, is to provide them with an example of what that looks like. Anything more...well, that's something for you to wonder about.