clear that the roots of Goju Ryu Karate stems for the "Nanpa Shorin-ken"
(Southern Shorin Style) from the Chinese province of Fukien. Within the
vast space of China, many wars and battles were fought over many periods
within their history, which built their great culture. Among such are
the many styles of kempo, which today is regarded with pride as China' s
national art. Recently among the karate practitioners, it has become a
common sight to see the breaking of clay tile and wooden boards, or
breaking wooden staffs across the body. They have deviated from the
proper essence of karate and made it into a show. The point
that from long ago in China, such demonstrations were don e by street
performer and medicine salesmen. They were not don e by the true Bujitu-ka,
who despised such acts of show. Miyagi, Chojun Sensei strongly
prohibited such acts. The techniques we have today have been passed down
to us by our ancestors who have stood in " a Place of War". They
experienced life and death situations from which they originated and
contrived ways to survive. We are a part of that long tradition, which
has been passed down through the ages. Although it can be said that we
are no longer in a place of war, one should abstain from making it into
a show. We must reflect back to the basics, and with a sober attitude,
returning to the way of molding one' s character. From long ago, every
Budo has taught, "begins with 'rei' (manners)" and "ends with rei".
Since the majority of practitioners are composed of hot-blooded youth,
the loss of manners, erroneous acts, and regrets are foreseeable results.
Whether in the dojo or out, proper manners should be the kept in mind.
An honest, sincere heart will gain respect from those around them and of
course inner self-peace. I feel fortunate that I have been blessed with
a good teacher. To this day, I continue to train embracing a deep sense
of gratitude. However, Miyagi Sensei has never, not even once, mentioned
to his disciples about tales of heroic episodes. One day I asked Sensei,
"I heard that you grabbed a piece of meat and it ripped out between your
fingers. Is this true?" He stated that is not true, and in turn began to
lecture me. Today there are instructors that boast of heroic episodes to
their students. They are who that are not Qualified to be teachers. From
Budo of long ago, it taught that the fighting techniques were the
as techniques to flee or run. The old proverb admonishes one not to take
a life in vain and teaches, "the wisest thing to do in a situation is to
run away". A good teacher, whose name will be know throughout the world
will be one who has gone through many difficult years of training and
persevered through severe living conditions, and yet without boasting.
He must always let such example filter down to others and guide them
through their upbringing.
We emphasize the
following guidelines always, in order to train students.
Among the Chine se martial artists, the following cautions are given,
that , Emphasis is placed upon virtue and righteousness over technique;
Information and photo is from Andrea Guarelli (Jundokan Italia) www.junshinkan.it