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Delving into the Ungraspable

Although I may have matured simply with age, my demeanor, patience, empathy towards others and my thought processes have evolved over time thanks to the constant repetition of kata. In most situations I realize now that I need to mentally take a step back, assess the situation, and attack it with calmness and a clear mind.

Years ago as a yon-kyu and ik-kyu I was more bull-headed, impatient with a false sense that I knew karate-do. Even though I had read what the Masters had written, the spiritual virtue of being a warrior did not sink in. Only by understanding that by studying karate in all its aspects and delving into the un-graspable essence of kata practice did I start to understand myself and emerge as a better person.


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