|Kenkyukai karateka in Okinawa, c1926|
I have very little interest in what other karateka are doing or thinking, and can count in single figures the number of karateka I know whose skills, and opinions, I respect enough to want to learn from. Of course, there are a great many karateka in the world who could teach me a thing or two: I just don't know them. I don't consider I have particularly high standards, at least not as high as some I know; but I am sincere in my efforts to improve my skills and my character....through the concept of budo.
|Shinseidokan karateka in Tasmania, c2012|
I've long since stopped trying to change the (karate) world; but many years ago I decided to change 'my' karate world. Doing that involves being honest with my self, and sincere in the way I deal with others. It resulted in the name of my dojo and is reflected in the dojo kun. Have I adopted "very high standards", I think not....but perhaps those who feel the need to comment, have adopted standards that are lower than they're really comfortable with.
"The problem with man is not that he aims to high, and misses; but that he aims to low and hits." - Michelangelo