|Once again, Okinawa is undergoing huge changes|
A bunch of Japanese politicians met recently to push for karate to be included in the 2020 Olympics, and various leaders of the Okinawan karate community have met a couple of times in order to work out ways to establish and promote the Okinawan "Brand" of karate. Morio Higaonna sensei now heads up a new sports-karate organisation as well as his global karate empire. Again, I have to wonder, are these changes good for the future of karate?
Follow the money....that's what they say when you want to find the root of most things that happen in the karate world; follow the money and you'll discover not only the people pushing for the changes, but the vast amounts of money they stand to make once the rest of you shut up, fall into line, and continue to do as you're told just as you have always done.
I have to smile when I meet karateka who believe they are important, like the frog living at the bottom of the well, they have no idea of the enormity of the sky...