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The Whole Is Greater

If you took a style of Karate and collected all of the movements done in that style, and then categorized and organized all those movements, and the combinations thereof, and all of the kata, drills and patterns done, and then made sure to include both right and left hand variations, and all the possible variations based on direction and vertical level, and then organized all of these various movements and patterns in the most logical order, and created a curriculum based on all of this, then...

The whole of the style would still be greater than the sum of its parts.

Karate is somewhat like music. Beauty of movement or sound is not quantifiable. Great music is not made by playing by the numbers.

Karate done as described in the first paragraph above is often described as a plastic flower -- it looks like a flower but has no fragrance.


Charles C. Goodin