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A Great Artist

This is a story...

A man had a reputation as a great artist. One day, an art professor from a major university visited him accompanying by a film crew. Of course, the artist was very pleased and eager to demonstrate his skill.

The artist took the professor and the film crew to his studio and took out a coloring book. Opening the book to the first page, he carefully began to trace the outlines of the pictures with a crayon.

The professor was dumbfounded. "Why, why, this is something that a 5 year old child would do," he exclaimed.

"Yes," admitted the artist. "But you see, I have been doing it for 30 years!"

Just as there is much more to art than merely tracing the outlines of pictures, there is much more to kata than merely performing the movements.


Charles C. Goodin