Monday, 21 October 2013

The Lilliputian's Guide to Karate...

That bridge in the distance is really quite big!
You all remember Gulliver...right? He's the guy who left home on a quest and found himself in some very strange situations. In Lilliput he came across folk whose opinion of themselves was far bigger than they were. Seeing how big Gulliver was, they tied him up and did their best to have him do their bidding. If you want to know what happened next....read the book!

I'm beginning to wonder if much of what is passing for karate today is in fact Okinawan; I think most of today's karate may well have originated in Lilliput. Why? Well....I keep seeing Gulliver (if you're a Lilliputian, he would be the "big karate master" you and your fellow little people are following), and, I keep seeing the same small-minded approach to karate that Lilliputians had to everything. When your focus is on the external trappings of training rather than the internal growth needed to understand what you are training for: you're small.

Authentic karate does not depend on the name of your teacher, or your style, or the people you associate with; to find authenticity you only need to look at your self in the mirror, what you see there will tell you if your karate originated in Okinawa....or Lilliput! The bridge in the photo, by the way, is the same size regardless of where you stand in relation to it; it's your perception of the bridge that changes.The closer you are the more impressive it appears, but it seems to shrink the further away from it you move. Authentic karate training is a lot like that too...