In the world of karate respect is often confused with relativism: All work is good and every effort worthy of praise...
Not for me.
I can not make myself praise what I think is wrong or of inferior standard.
If you talk about kata and its huge importance for karate, but your technique is superficial. Whatever you say or do becomes completely worthless in my eyes. It is one thing to look at the map, but another matter entirely to walk the path...
If you talk about bunkai and your solutions don’t have the slightest trace of tactical awareness. I say that you are a good dreamer.
If you are not aware of the methodological and conceptual fabric that is the background of every technical and / or corporal expression of karate, I say it is best that you learn before you teach.
It really exasperates me to see people expose their ignorance disguised as certainties and their myopia presented as virtue. All wrapped in a translucent and easily detectable false modesty.
I know hundreds, if not thousands, of karateka. Of all of them I can count on the fingers of one hand, which of them I consider to have reached a deep understanding of karate as a martial art.
This week already, I've seen two "sensei" of international projection, postulate in their respective videos that the “dachi” conditions your choice and applicability of hand technique.
For me, that is indicative of such levels of shallowness, that I feel ashamed for their sake.
It is not only indicative of a superficial knowledge of the internal principles of karate, but also demonstrates their tactical myopia and lack of operative capacity.
I have done tui shou with my master (a method of pushing hands in taichi) where I push him with all my strength and he absorbs my energy standing on one leg.
That is the potential of the internal connection of the body!
Having felt and experienced that kind of structural strength makes you a little bit intolerant for stupid remarks stating that your “dachi” conditions which hand technique you can use.
When you talk to that kind of “sensei”, they always offer to teach. Never ask for the possibility to learn. Do I recognize a pattern here?
Anyway, I don't know who I'm writing for.
Those who understand what I'm talking about, have already broken the code and are, like me, on the way to a general understanding of karate as a martial system. The rest will attribute the sourness of this writing to my poor manners, my ego or my bad mood.
I suffer from all three evils, but none of them nourish this writing. It's just that sometimes... I can't shut up.
Jorge F. Garibaldi