words about "KARATE"
(Most popular Martial Art in the World)
Karate literally means 'empty hand',
originated in the island of Okinawa -Japan.
of no small interest that we find in Japanese history a tradition of
fighting arts originally devised to inflict injury or death on the battle
field, transformed into the way of Martial Arts, dedicated to perfecting
the human self by integrating Body, Mind and Spirit.
On the physical level mastery of form or 'Kata' is the crux of training. A
Kata consists of sequence of moves, blocks and strikes that simulates a
fighting form. Hence Kata movements should be spontaneous, accurate
and powerful. For this to happen students (karateka) should train for
years so that it becomes natural to him. His metal/spiritual abilities
too play a vital role in the performance of Kata. The teacher provides a
model form and the student keenly observes and repeats it countless times
until he has completely mastered the form.
The tedious, repetitions and monotonous learning routines tests the
students commitment and willpower, but it also reduces stubbornness and
eliminates bad habits of body and mind. In the process his or her real
strength, character and potential begin to emerge . The spiritual mastery
is inseparable from the psychological, but begins only after an
intensive and lengthy period of training, as the body and mind takes time,
effort and training to become one (or aligned..).
The heart of spiritual mastery is this, the ego self becoming the ego less
self ultimately, physical, psychological and spiritual mastery are one and
the same. The hard physical discipline however cannot be separated from
mental development and real spiritual growth.
Karate is considered to be the most refined martial art in the world that
exists today. Karate is the most effective system, of self defense because
it uses only empty hands. Just think your hands, legs and body working
like a weapon that can kill !. Karate is suitable for all kinds
of people ie children, women, men and older people too. You can see some
disabled people who perform incredible Karate feats and in the process
also improve their quality of life. Over all Karate will boost your
spiritual strengths and make you do things that you wouldn't otherwise
dare to !.
By the Author/Site creator :
We should have the same respect for people of other martial arts as
we have for our style.. They have their own ways and methods developed
over years of hard fighting and training. If other styles borrow techniques from
ours then we should be proud of it ! and NOT criticize it. Each martial
art system has something to offer, it just depends on if it suits you. If it doesn't, it does not mean that it is no good.
If you don't believe in "Mas Oyama (Masutatsu Oyama) could kill Bull in one
punch" then don't, BUT that doesn't mean that he or his
art is no good. Infact he could teach you some good things that may improve your skills !! After all Mas Oyama was a great Karate-Ka,
master and was a legend in Karate.. I
remind you of the various scriptures that talk about many
miracles/ legends - these are subject to individual belief and
no-one should be criticised
for what they believe.
But I only belief what 'I' see.. and I don't criticize others
for their beliefs.
Masutatsu Oyama's feat
was witnessed and is well documented. It is tue !. Infact I
think he did it using a special skill, focusing and not just
All his great students agree
that the breaking tricks and the bull fights were what Oyama
himself called monkey business i.e. fakes made to attract crowds
in the game. Both Kenji Kurosaki(cofounder of Japanese
kickboxing) and Jon Bluming (founder of MMA style kyokushin-derived
called kyokushin budokai) said that he tried to fight first an
old meak ox with his horns heavily hammered, that explains the
apparent ease with which he slashes the horns.
With the next and stronger bull he almost got killed (stabbed in
the spleen and went to surgery), it is anyhow remarcable he had
the guts to try !
He did a lot of harm to the kyokushin by arranging bouts in
which Europeans faced tough Europeans and the Japanese only
their own weak students to have foreigners reach slaughtered in
the finals against his crew who was fresh ; even then, when a
"gaijin" (foreigner) was winning he threatened the
refs to change the decision. These are the minuses. Please click
here to read more about
Mas Oyama !
This is what I think/know about Mas Oyama's skill in killing a bull with one punch ! :
Oyama mentions he was thought the trick by someone else - not a martial artist at all. It all boiled down to not just hitting hard,
but knowing exactly where to hit. It is not the power that kills but
the target. Maybe a man can kill a bull with empty hands by applying subtle pressure to
There is a skill to accomplish any task.
I respect all styles and
allow each to consider theirs "the best". Martial arts
is all about respect. Martial Art specially as a mean of
fighting or self-defense is so broad that no style can possibly
cover everything. Don't limit yourself and think that a lifetime
practicing Muay Thai (considered to be the deadliest art) can
teach everything !..