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WORDS THAT PAVE

'THE WAY'

 
MORE ON KARATE-DO  VS  KARATE
The student who leaves the instructor soon after obtaining a black belt practices karate.
The student who remains with their instructor long after receiving dan rank is training in karate-do.
 
One who does listen to the master but does not adhere to the words,
practices karate.
One who adheres to the listened words trains in karate-do.
 
 
Raymond McRinna 
 
 
 

 

The Void

From the spiritual standpoint one factor takes precedence and that is your ability to release yourself from the physical concept of fear by going deep within yourself and operate from godly wisdom. At this level more then physical sense knowledge and ability is used through a parallel connection with the mind of the inner master. Spiritual knowledge is intuitive wisdom that will give you a complete spirit (feeling) of absolute authority. This will make you become focused and centered in all your abilities. The situation will slow down while your interaction with the principles will speed up. Your eyes will become like high-speed movie cameras reducing violent attacks of hand and foot from the opponent into many stills of motionless drama. The five senses become secondary your sight becomes insight your skills become revaluation's from the Inner Master. Your instinct becomes absolute knowledge that will allow you to read the situation before it becomes apparent to the physical eye. By this method the unseen is seen and what is known is already forgotten.

Bokafu "Soke" Guy Ca'Son 

 

 

 

Seek perfection of Character !
Be faithful !
Endeavor !
Respect others !
Refrain from violent behavior !
 
 
 

 

 

Rudeness is a weak person's imitation of strength.

Self discipline is a sign of real strength.

 

 

 

REGARDLESS OF RANK, ALL YUDANSHA LESSONS WILL EMERGE FROM THE LOWEST DEPTH OF HUMILITY.
WHEN, AND ONLY WHEN THIS LESSON IS LEARNED WILL YOU CONTINUE TO GROW!
 
THIS CANNOT BE LEARNED FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN AROUND MARTIAL ARTS, IT MUST BE LEARNED FROM SOMEONE WITH TIME
 "IN THE MARTIAL ARTS."
 
THE KEY IS TIME:
                                                                  
                                                            
 
 
 

 

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BE DEADLY SERIOUS IN  TRAINING.

Keep a serious trainng mind, no fooling around during training time.

TRAIN WITH BOTH HEART AND SOUL WITHOUT WORRY ABOUT THEORY.

 Do as instructed by sensei without question.  Many times through training the answers to all your questions simply reveal themselves 

TRUE PRACTICE IS DONE NOT WITH WORDS BUT WITH THE ENTIRE BODY.

Correct performance is the key.  To perform you must move the body, not the mouth.

AVOID SELF CONCEIT AND DOGMATISM.

There's no need to brag about yourself, (toot your own horn) this is not  the way of tradition.  Remain humble.

TRY TO SEE YOURSELF AS YOU TRULY ARE AND TRY TO ADOPT WHAT IS MERITORIOUS IN THE WORK OF OTHERS.

Take a good look within yourself and work from there to get better.  Pick-up the better traits of others around and live them.

ABIDE BY THE RULES OF ETHICS IN YOUR DAILY LIFE WHETHER IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE.

Respect yourself and others.  Set  (positive) standards for yourself and live by them.  Just because your out of public site, youre morals should remain in tact.

 

Gichin Funakoshi

 

 

I am somebody....
I come from a long line of greatness.
Nothing is too difficult for me to achieve.
I will always remember, a person who gives up in life; fails in life.
I am somebody!
**Raymond McRinna "Shihan"**
 
 
The Sensei may not always be right, (he's/she's human)
But he's never wrong!
**Frederick J. Hamilton "Past Grandmaster"**
 
 
 
"You learn martial arts, not to fight.
You learn martial arts to discipline yourself."
Raymond McRinna **Shihan**
 
 
 
"It is natures rule by which we live and die."
Raymond McRinna ** Shihan **
 
 
"Don't hide your weaknesses from yourself,
learn to understand them."
Raymond McRinna  **Shihan**
 
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KATA REFLECTIONS
EXCERPTS FROM THE ESOTERIC TEACHINGS OF KARATE-DO
                                                          

 

KATA IS A LESSON IN STRATEGY.  THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO PRACTICE KATA: 

SLOW FOR TECHNIQUE AND TRANSITION

MEDIUM FOR VISUALIZATION AND RHYTHM

FAST FOR FOCUS AND PENETRATION.

 

IN ALL CASES, HOWEVER, THERE MUST BE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO RELATE TO THE DUAL NATURE OF THE GIVEN FORM.  EACH HAS A PECULIAR RHYTHM, STRATEGY, AND TECHNIQUE BASED UPON THE ACTIONS OF AN IMAGINED OPPONENT AND ONES RESPONSE IN ATTACK, COUNTER ATTACK, OR DEFENSE.  THE KEY TO KATA IS THE CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF TRANSITORY POSTURES AND ATTITUDES.  ONE MUST BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THE STRENGTH OF THE OPPONENT, PERCEIVE HIS HEIGHT AND WEIGHT, AND SENSE HIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES.

 

AS ONE PROGRESSES IN KATA, ONES OPPONENTS BECOME MORE TECHNICALLY SOPHISTICATED, AND ONE GRADUALLY ADJUSTS TO MEET THIS GREATER CHALLENGE.

 

KATA HAS A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS.  IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO CONFINE THEM ALL TO THE SMOOTH, CONSTANT ATMOSPHERE OF THE TRAINING HALL.  WHY NOT SUPPOSE THAT SOME WERE FOR FIGHTING AT NIGHT, OTHERS FOR CLOSE QUARTERS, SOME FOR SANDY BEACHES, AND OTHERS FOR UNRESTRICTED SPACES.  ITS WORTH THINKING ABOUT.  ANOTHER THOUGHT:  KATA CONTAINS THE STRATEGY OF VARIOUS SYSTEMS OF THOUGHT AND ARE DESIGNED TO HELP THE STUDENT RELATE TO A VARIETY OF OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES AND DEFENSIVE ATTITUDES.

 

WHILE WE MOSTLY PRACTICE THE OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES, MORE OR LESS, WE SELDOM RELATE TO THE DEFENSIVE ATTITUDES OF THE MANY IMAGINARY OPPONENTS WE SLAY DURING KATA PRACTICE.

 

WE MUST AT SOME POINT CHANGE OUR EMPHASIS AND EXAMINE THE OTHER HALF OF THE KATA.

 

KATA WAS DEVELOPED SO AN INDIVIDUAL COULD PRACTICE ALONE.  THEY ARE, HOWEVER, MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN TWO OR MORE PERSONS PRACTICE AS A TEAM SOME ATTACKING, SOME DEFENDING.

 
 
 
 

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                Pain is the first lesson of a warrior

The  pain of diligent training and self-less

Reflection on the essential dharma of the

Tao.

 

 The second lesson is aloneness,

 wherein the true identity is unveiled and

the path becomes a true friend and a

heavy burden; in aloneness, the discom-

forts of a world humanity stand revealed.

 

The third lesson is compassion from

Which the warrior recognizes that he is

Also a priest, and that brotherhood is not

A condition which we must ponder-

Rather, a reality we must accept. 

All things are eternally one.

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The warrior priest,

(and martial warriors are priests)

is an unpretentious model,

a signpost upon which the words of the heart have been written.

 

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The true teacher first becomes a warrior.

The true warrior acquires the nature of a priest.

It is in the mind that the body is trained,

and in devotion that the mind is trained.

 

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True warriors dare to live as they believe; to be true to their most noble

Dreams; to understand and control the raging tides of their emotions; to perceive

Their indivisibility with nature, and follow the course dictated by their spirits.

 

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The dojo is also a place of worship.

Therein is maintained the spirit of the teachings,

And an atmosphere is preserved wherein the student

 might be vulnerable without the fear of vulnerability.

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THE EGO
'THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KARATE-DO AND KARATE'
 
The Ego has a very warm place in the heart of sport karate.
This seems to be the way (Do) of the sport world---so be it.
It is not only tollerated, it is encouraged in particular among those who have no concrete history in traditional martial arts.  The Ego will find nothing but un-welcomeness in traditional (REAL) Karate-do. 
 
'Building the Ego directly contradicts all the teachings of true traditional martial arts.'
 
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OBE-DO
 
The age of one's obe comes with time.  This is something that is eventually reconginzed by all, not by constantly seeking aknowledgement from one's Sensei or classmates.  It can be considered most disrespectful in forgeing time and grade by intentional mis-reprentation of grade, time, or rank.  These are the earmarks of martial artist who truely have no idea of "Bu."    At many of the Organized and Federalized events across the nation it can be seen that this practice is seemingly both incouraged and/or ignored by instructors. 
 
It should be known and remembered that the true age of the Obe comes with time.  To have an Obe in such a condition should be what it is suppose to be,    "AN HONOR." 
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