|Students training together in the dojo last year|
Afterwards I was thinking, what is it about karate that has lead to almost everyone you meet having an opinion on it; what it is, what it should be, what it could be! Is it just me who thinks that most people simply haven't got a clue; or, has karate been sold like a harlot for so long now that it no longer attracts the respect it once did?
But if karate has been sold like a cheap trick...then whose been pimping her? "Not me!' I hear you say..."I'm doing it right. I've never made a penny from karate" (just dollars, right?). Well someone is responsible for transforming karate from the activity you see represented in the photo above, into the activity you see advertised in the poster below...and if it isn't you, then who is it?
|Like a cancer, sport and business have almost killed karate|
I fail to see what's so special about an activity that any fat, lazy, heavy drinking, middle-aged, smoker...man or woman....can do for a year or two and be considered an expert; and I fail to grasp why authentic karateka continue to put up with it. My dojo hasn't got an advertising budget....it hasn't even got a budget! It has a nice wooden floor though, and lots of things to lift and hit; it has a small, but good-hearted, group of karateka who work hard, and that's all.
There was a time, not so very long ago, when that was deemed enough.