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Koshi Is Important When...

Koshi is important when you do not have it. If you do not have it, you will want to devote all of your effort to attaining it and, to the extent possible, to mastering it. But once you "have" it, you will not think much about it at all!

It might still be important in the sense that you will need to be able to teach it to students who do not yet "have" it, but for yourself it will just be another aspect of your training.

Something is important when you do not have it.

If you hold your breath for a long time, you will want air more than anything else.

I may have written that I think that koshi is 20% of Karate training. I cannot remember the actual percentage I might have stated because it changes in my mind. If you are learning koshi, the percentage will be much higher. If you have already learned, practiced it, and applied it to all of your movements, then the percentage will be much less.

There are movements that cannot be done well without koshi. Koshi is the threshold for certain types of movements. Of course, you can do the movements without koshi, but they will not be very effective.

But even if you have a great koshi, you might be a poor fighter. Think about it -- no one defends himself with koshi alone. You still have to know how to properly block and strike. You still have to know how to transfer power. You still have to condition your hands, feet, and other striking points. You still have to know how to take or slip a punch. There is a lot more to Karate than koshi alone.

But koshi will make it possible to do many of these other things better.

If your Sensei works on something, you should realize that it might be because you don't have it yet. He will make it seem important because it is exceedingly important to you. You will not try hard if you don't think that it is important. But once you "get" it, it will not seem so important. You will take it for granted.

Then your Sensei will emphasize the next important thing.

Learning in Karate is cumulative. One block is built upon another.


Charles C. Goodin