The World Karate Federation has indicated that styles are not necessary because they control all karate worldwide. Now we all know that everyone started karate through styles and through styles they get to be nternational organizations only for competition purposes. The majority of Karaté practitioners are in styles and clubs and a majority of these people don’t take part in competitions, so styles a eee still a vital part of the karate structure in the world. Besides, those that want to learn and continue their karate study, they have to belong to an organization that espouses the true meaning of the art of karate. We have publish over the last two blogs the debate of Karatedo or Karate Jutsu? And if one reads this continuing debate one understands that karate-ka , in the majority, especially mature practitioners, are more interested in the art than the sport. Don’t get me wrong the sport aspects is aspect is important especially for the younger karate-ka. Now that Karaté is an Olympic sport it is good both for the arts and sport, similar to the Bruce Lee phenomenon of the 1970’s. there is a greater awareness and enthusiasm with many wanting to join the sport. All of us first looked at the sporting aspect and once we trained and researched karate more we got interested in the art more. Look at how many practitioners first started with Japanese karate and saw this as the be all and end all of karate, but with experience they started to travel to OKINAWA and it only th that they started to understand Bunkai and the “true” essence of karate. This is the benefit of styles not sport as the traditional dojos on OKINAWA are more interested in the training and development of the practitioners instead of the medals. So styles are a very important part of karate’s existence and longevity and we at the United World Karate Fédération fully support all styles and all karate competition formats. It was when we where in thee World Karate Fédération that Bunkai was introduced for a better understanding of kata and Karatedo. As Izumikawa Kanki Sensei, and student of Higa Seiko Sensei emphasized ” Karate is Kata and Kata is karate” we at the United World Karatedo Fédération are determined to preserve this traditional as we believe this is true karate. We learn from the Old ways to improve the New.
1. COURTESY: One must be respectful to all people and to be respectful to ourselves.
2. LOYALTY: One must be loyal to the organization, the Sensei or instructors, classmates, family and friends.
3. KINDNESS: One will refrain from making negative statements about anyone. One should always strive for what is good and correct. To work toward harmony between all people and always keep in mind of others’ well being.
4. COURAGE: One must never surrender to the enemy. To correct what we know is wrong and to succeed in one goals or intentions. We will utilize our skills to help and defend the defenseless, our family, friends and our honor.
5. JUSTICE: One needs to know that we are all equal, to understand that we all have weakness. One must never be arrogant and always be humble. One must refrain in giving unnecessary displays of one abilities.
6. DISCIPLINE: Refrain from violence. One must always exercise self-control and to always finish what is started.
7. STRENGTH: To be strong always! To develop an indomitable spirit and to develop one’s will to be like steel, for this is the way of the martial arts.
8. HONOR: One must refrain from wrong doings, which can to bring shame on upon us and oneself, for we represent the heritage of correctness, as those before us have preserved. To be honorable, one must be honorable to others.
9. TRUTH: Be true to yourself and others. For deceit and lies will breed negativity and darkness to one’s spirit, mind and body.