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Karate -- Like Lightning

The idea is not to show your Karate until you see an opening, and then to move like lightning. This seems like a very simple statement but it is important.

We should not take stances, kamae or postures that give away out Karate training. Karate should be a complete surprise. Once the element of surprise is lost, we have lost a major advantage.

Therefore, one of the important skills we must cultivate is learning to see an opening (suki in Japanese). Then we must be able to attack it instantly.

When Choki Motobu fought the boxer (John Kentel) in Kyoto in 1923, I suspect that the boxer took him to be a silly old man. He might have fought differently if he knew that Motobu was a master of Okinawan Karate.


Charles C. Goodin