Another Wado-ryu Grand Master has passed away. Hideho Tagaki Sensei, Chairman of the Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-kai Technical Committee, died after having struggled for a long time against a bad disease. He had just turned seventy-six...
When it was time to leave and we started the farewell, I surprised myself giving kisses, hugs and words of affection to the people with whom, for the whole week, I had exchanged (maybe) a fleeting glance or a gentle gesture of the head. I found them in front of me, these people, and I felt them damn family, even though I barely knew their nationality. I felt that between them and me there was now a bond, a true bond, the one that born when you share a decisive experience with someone; a sort of spiritual camaraderie, an elective assonance that goes beyond conventions and requires nothing but itself, to subsist...
Contrary to the thought of many, it is not the pupil who owes loyalty to the master, but the master to the pupil. As Taisen Deshimaru explains in his book The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, the original bujutsu (art of war) became budo (way of martial arts) after meeting Zen philosophy...
I have already told you about Roberto Danubio and his Summer Camp, but I have never told you anything about the Wado Spirit, the seminar held every year in December in his Dojo in Weinfelden, Switzerland, a stone's throw from Lake Constance. And I did not tell you anything because I never had the chance to go there, before December 2nd of this year.
Teaching and training are not the same things. Nevertheless, usually karate seminars are indiscriminately addressed to both practitioners and instructors. Nothing’s wrong with them, let’s make it clear. Mixing up people with different skills and roles gives them the chance to compare each other and share certainties and doubts, favoring a faster growth [...]
Some say that the first man to introduce Karate to the West was an hero of the Sino-Japanese War, master Kentsu Yabu, who began teaching Japanese immigrants first in Los Angeles and then in Hawaii since the 1920s. "During the Twenties and Thirties," as stated by John Stevens in his book Three Budo Masters, "Japanese immigrants, increasingly subject to unjustified racist attacks, were eager to learn judo and karate" [...]
Karate practice is therapeutic for hyperactive children and for the ones who have behavioral disorders. This is the evidence from a research published on "International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology" conducted with 16 children, aged eight to ten years, with diagnosis of opposing-provocative disorders [...]
We usually think of a path or of a way as something useful to bring us from one place to another. When you have to go somewhere you just start walking the way to reach for it, and when you are there you just stop walking. Very simple. Very logical. But I've learned that when we talk about the way of karate, about the Japanese "Do", our common idea of a way is really in danger to take us out of the way [...]
In the 90s suddenly came, and winds still with us, a strange desire. To reset the styles and unify Karate. Why should we go on with this incessant and foolish fragmentation of our discipline, with the styles rivaling each other, with techniques and katas differing up till making the same form, except for its name, almost unrecognizable when performed by a karateka from a different school? [...]
It happens more often, nowadays, to meet Karate practitioners, including high-grade ones, who have no familiarity with the art of fighting. I am not referring to the curious phenomenon of the "separation of careers" among those who, while still calling himself a karateka, choose to specialize only in kata or kumite. Sometimes even those who practice exclusively kumite show to have not the necessary skill [...]