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Character First

If you read my posts and articles, and even if you train with me, you might think that the most important thing to me, when it comes to Karate, is body dynamics (how to move). Certainly, that is very important.

However, first and foremost, the most important aspect of Karate is character. Character is the first, second, and third most important things, then comes technical skill. Without good character, nothing else matters. And without good character, nothing else should be taught.

Another way to say this is that character is the odd numbers and technique is the even numbers. Or you could say that character is the front and technique is the back. The two are inseparable.

Body dynamics may teach a student how to move, but character teaches a student how to be.


Charles C. Goodin