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Skill and Conditioning

Being in good shape does not mean that you will be skilled in Karate, but it is very hard to become skilled in Karate if you do not get into good shape. You probably cannot imagine a fire fighter who is in such bad shape that he cannot climb a ladder or carry a fire hose. Firefighters are usually in excellent shape. But you have probably seen Karate instructors who are in very poor shape.

I am not talking about illnesses or chronic conditions. I am talking about people who have simply let themselves decline or who never got into shape to begin with.

It is important to hone your skills. It is also important to condition your body to provide the best vehicle possible for the expression of such skills. The two go hand in hand.


Charles C. Goodin