|This guy's silent, if you want to hear him, you'll have to add the Grrrrrr yourself|
Not everyone who writes about karate and kobudo give too much thought to the things they are saying. I can tell this by reading the statements they make and vagaries they wrap their language up in. For example, I read recently that 99% of all goju-ryu students and teachers don't practice or use the fundamentals of their karate. It's an absurd statement to make given that no evidence was presented to back this statistic up. Perhaps it's just an opinion, in which case the writer should, if he wanted to be taken seriously, have made that clear. The statement also fails to clarify if the 99% refers to goju ryu people in the UK, in Europe, or in the world.
I'm less concerned with which side of this (imaginary) statistic I stand. I'm more interested in who the 1% are who are getting the fundamentals of goju ryu right? I could take a guess, (the writer and his gang?), but doing that would place me in the same situation as the writer, i.e.....basing my karate knowledge on opinions that happen to suit. Although I took no umbrage at the implication inherent in the statement, that implication is crystal clear, 'if you're not practicing goju ryu the way we do it, then you're doing it all wrong!' From my perspective, statements like this stem from a breathtaking level of arrogance...or perhaps it's just ignorance? Making a point is fine, having an opinion is wonderful, but neither have much meaning if they are ill thought out or poorly conceived.
Reading this criticism you may think I'm being hostile; but that's only because many of you have invested so much of 'who you think you are' in a virtual (social media) world: a world calibrated for you in 'likes', 'shares', and collecting 'friends'. With little or no time standing before a teacher who only ever presents you with problems to solve, rather than giving you the answers you're paying him for, criticism has become a trigger to 'take offence'. The concept of 'Hihyo' (criticism) is no longer seen as a signal that your teacher is interested in your progress, unless of course, you're infatuated by the person you have handed your 'self ' over to.
Time, and training, bring with them rewards that are lost when searching for short cuts. Having all the answers is a sign you have been asking the wrong questions, You can't gain height by pulling others down. You can't claim authenticity if you're worried what others think. You can't apply karate if your head is full of techniques. You can't pretend to be a leader when you yourself are lost. You can't know the things you never struggled for long enough to learn. Short cuts lead to quick results, but none that last. Growing older is not the same as growing up!
It's impossible to go back in life and start again, but you can start again and end up somewhere else.....