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How To "Kill" Karate

The best way to "kill" Karate is to standardize it -- to make all Karate students do the same things in the same ways.

Whether for tournaments, the Olympics, accreditation, promotions, titles, etc., standardization is the surest way to kill an art.

If I have 10 students, I will try to make each of the them the best they can be. They will not be the same, clones of each other. Each will be unique and their techniques will reflect their unique strengths and weaknesses.

My own small group of students will not be the same. How could students in other styles, dojo and other countries hope to be the same? And if they could, would it still be "Karate?"

Karate students are not formed in a mold.


Charles C. Goodin