Doing the rounds on the web at the moment is the wonderful Mikka Bouzu series of comics about a martial arts student travelling the path.
I think I identify with this one….
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My name is Des Paroz, and I am a long time practitioner of a style of karate called Shorinjiryu, founded by Shinan Kori Hisataka (1907–1988). Over the years, I have had the fortune to live and train in Japan, and also to train in dojos in Japan, Okinawa, the USA, Spain, Switzerland and my native Australia.
Along the way, I’ve had a strong personal interest in karate’s histories, traditions, philosophies and personalities, as well as of course the techniques and applications.
I am also a strong believer in the concept of Shin Gi Tai – the development of mind, technique and body. In this regard, I am an advocate of strength and conditioning for martial artists, particularly using the kettlebell.
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Nice post over at Total Karate on Karate Fads.
Having seen all those things come and go I realised the same old art is still sitting there letting the fashions and fads wash over it like waves at the beach.
There is a nice discussion on fads like â€œpressure pointsâ€, â€œbunkaiâ€ and â€œunderlying principlesâ€.
Nice sum up as well
There is no need to “train for this” or “train for that”. Training for itself and for your own purpose is good enough.