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Goal of Training

The goal of Karate training, in my opinion, is to learn: (a) the optimal way to move for your body type and physical condition; and (b) the meanings and applications of each and every movement in the kata of your system.

That said, I find that many Karate students only learn to move the same as all other students in their school (one size fits all), and have little or no idea of the meanings and applications of the movements in their system. Such Karate offers little practical advantage. Of course, a student can get in good shape by training hard, but without optimized body dynamics and skill in applications, a larger, stronger and faster opponent will always have the advantage.

In traditional Karate, size does not matter. A Karate expert, even when not armed is armed.


Charles C. Goodin