|With Seikichi Kinjo sensei when we were both members of the Jundokan|
When Japanese men dress in formal kimono there are usually few adornments to be seen; with the exception of the Mon, or family crest, which appears on each sleeve and on the back of the Haori jacket, there is little to distinguish one kimono from another...and that's where Haura comes in.
Making use of Haura, "Hidden Brilliance", is an act that requires a degree of sophistication, not to mention humility; for it would never do to boast to another of what lies just below the surface. The value of Haura is in knowing the reality of the matter, rather than putting that reality on open display.
|Karate dojo often display Haura, karate academies never do!|
How powerful a lesson it is to discover something about someone you have known (or thought you knew) for years, and to learn of achievements and accomplishments that others would have been shouting about, and yet they said nothing. Is such a thing even possible now? Has Facebook and Youtube seduced you into revealing all? While Twitter and Instagram pimp your thoughts to the world, what becomes of your private self?
The most impressive karateka I ever saw in Okinawa were not the well known names who can boast many thousands of followers around the world, but the men and women who have been visiting the dojo for most of their lives, practicing their karate, polishing their skills, and nurturing their character. Outside the dojo, their karate skills remain hidden; not for them the glare of notoriety and fame.
Haura...hidden brilliance; it's a concept few karateka seem able to appreciate......