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Famous Sensei

What makes a sensei famous? If have written this before but want to emphasize the point -- what makes a sensei famous is his students.

A sensei is judged by the students he produces. Anko Itosu is famous, but would he be as well know were it not for such students as Kentsu Yabu, Chomo Hanashiro, Gichin Funakoshi, Choshin Chibana, Kenwa Mabuni, and others? And were it not for students and writers such as Genwa Nakasone, would we know as much about many of the great sensei?

It goes without saying that there have been many great fighters in the history of Karate and most are unknown today. Defeating a bandit or a boxer is of fleeting significance. But teaching the art to students who not only carry it on but add their own perspectives is truly memorable.

When you hear stories about Kensu Yabu, you must wonder who his great sensei must have been.

There is a big difference between being a great fighter and a great sensei. A great fighter is know for what he did. A great sensei is know for how and who he taught.

If you want you sensei to become famous, try your best to be a good student!


Charles C. Goodin

P.S. Of course, your sensei does not care at all about such a trivial matter as fame. He is only trying his best to teach you.