Phylosophy of martial arts. Something what looks magical and very hard to understand for those who are not in martial arts πŸ™‚ Something what I am asked about often. Phenomenon. Something unreal. That’s what people often think πŸ™‚ “What is that phylosophy of karate?” The hardest part is to explain this in an easy way πŸ™‚
I guess that explanation would be not the same at all from different karatekas. From karatekas who are in different stages of karate path. Can you hear the same explanation from junior and Shihan who is in karate for 30-40 years, had trainings in Mas Oyama dojo and has deep knowledge in all this? No chance. Or if there is a chance, that junior will not understand what he or she talks about πŸ™‚ I guess fighters will have one more explanation. Adults who started doing karate later and it became their passion, their free-time activity will explain that phylosophy in their own way too. In the way they understand that.
Let’s say there is something “officially declared”. Bullets, mottos. We know them. However, we will not recite all of them to everyone who asks short question and expects short answer. Usually we will explain in the way we understand. We will say things that are most important to each of us at that period. Something what fits for us personally in that stage of our karate life. Something what is “true” for the youngsters, for the fighters, for teachers and for others. While that “truth” can be different for each group. But related from the other side. That’s what I love here – everyone can find what is needed in certain period of life, in certain stage of karate path, in certain situation. Isn’t this great? πŸ™‚
While something what we all have to know is here:
1. Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy.Β  Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.
2. Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff – continue upwards without rest.Β  It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.
3. Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.
4. Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored.Β  Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.
5. The Martial Way is centered in posture.Β  Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.
6. The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.
7. In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom.Β  Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.
8. The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal.Β  All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.
9. The Martial Arts begin with a point and end in a circle.Β  Straight lines stem from this principle.
10. The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized through experience.Β  Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.
11. Always remember, in the Martial Arts, the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.