Lots of karate dojo, focus their karate classes on method, now karate strategy is very important, however if a karateka (someone who practices karate) has no spirit, it does not matter how good their technique is, their karate will be hollow and only resemble karate, it will have no meaning.
For me spirit constantly precedes! Let us think of a self-defense scenario where somebody knocks you down, it is your spirit that will get you support. The famous boxer Jack Dempsey (The Manassa Mauler) utilized to say, ‘A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can not’, that there, is spirit!
Life is dull without spirit, the spirit to succeed, to complete something that is hard, the spirit to get rid of obstacles in your life. It is available in lots of forms and karate without spirit, is not karate, it is simply body language.
I feel that the difficult part for a karateka, is getting the balance. Karate training ought to be tough, but likewise satisfying. When I was more youthful, all of our karate classes were exceptionally tough and ‘More Spirit’ was a typical cry from our senior black belts. Today we still have difficult parts to our training, the difference is, the actually difficult parts of our karate classes, do not last the whole class and we take care to stabilize the hard training with periods working on technique.
So for me, spirit is extremely important, in addition to the principle of Ikken Hissatsu (to complete with one blow). My karate sensei used to state, ‘learn how to strike hard, fast and accurately’ I think in this and without spirit, you can not attain this.
Some karate dojo practice kumite (sparring), for the entire karate class and nothing else, some practice kata (kind), for the whole class. When once again I think in balance, which is why numerous karate dojo utilize the 3 k’s style of practice.
The three k’s are ~
2. Kumite (sparring).
3. Kata (types).
Many karate sensei say that kumite is the spirit of karate and kata is thesoul. I would likewise concur with this statement. With the 3 k’s, I do not think you need to practice only one k. as soon as again balance is the name of the game when it concerns soft and difficult training.