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"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."

— Gichin Funakoshi

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Surrender to the teachings
One thing that slightly irritates me is the amount of questions I get asked by my Western students. I know that your education is different to mine but coming from a Zen Temple we put the emphasis on practice. If I asked my Master so many questions he would beat me! The more answers that I give, the more I take away from your own experience. Everything you seek is in the teaching if you can only surrender to it.
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While waiting for the shows, we were honoured with a performance by a young master following the footsteps of the Grandmasters. Foshan truly is a martial arts city!

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Fitness, motivation and advice blog! ✻

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Fitness, motivation and advice blog! ✻

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Myths and Misconceptions

10 Tall Tales of the Martial Arts Debunked!
by Jonathan Maberry

A Black Belt Is a Master
Not even close. A first-degree black belt is an advanced beginner. The belt signifies his passage from the ranks of those who are still learning to the ranks of those who’ve learned how to learn. That’s a significant difference.

The transition from white belt to black belt has less to do with techniques than with learning the methodology and procedures necessary to think like a martial artist. A black belt should be able to grasp the concepts on which the arts are based, which is far more important than his ability to perform any technique. There’s a saying about human survival: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for life. This is similar to the climb from colored belt to black belt: The black belt has learned how to learn and therefore becomes more proactive in his own education.

Does this mean he’s an expert? Well, my colleagues in the martial arts are evenly split on that point. One point of view is: Yes, a first-degree black belt is an expert on the basic gross motor skills necessary to perform martial arts moves. The other is: No, a first-degree black belt is not an expert but an advanced beginner who’s just grasping the concepts he’ll need to become an expert within a few years.

Most of the traditional instructors I know maintain that a person becomes a true expert by the time he reaches third degree, which is for many arts the point at which a person can begin teaching.

These days, first- and second-degree black belts are often assigned to teach, and many are even called sensei. This marketing tactic confuses the issue, especially when younger students learn to equate anyone with a black belt with instructor-level expertise.
I really like the idea of defining a first-degree black belt as an “advanced beginner”.  I read this article shortly before my test, and the truth of it resonates now that I’ve passed.
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tumpatel:

Why you do Tumlar too much.

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Why you do Tumlar too much.

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steelandcotton:

能呼吸,然後能靈活.氣以直養而無害,勁以曲蓄而有餘.
If one can breath, one can be agile.Properly Cultivate qi the result is harmless. Storing energy in curves will result in a surplus.From Insight into the Use ofthe Thirteen Posturesby Wu YuxiangTrans. S.M. Rodell

steelandcotton:

能呼吸,然後能靈活.
氣以直養而無害,
勁以曲蓄而有餘.

If one can breath, one can be agile.
Properly Cultivate qi the result is harmless.
Storing energy in curves will result in a surplus.

From Insight into the Use of
the Thirteen Postures
by Wu Yuxiang
Trans. S.M. Rodell

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Black belt (sash) testing. The sweep worked! 

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"You win battles by knowing the enemy’s timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect"

Miyamoto Musashi

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Shaolin Kids Kung Fu. This kid is awesome.

Our Little Dragons need to step it up a notch!

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