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No Jewelry

Sometimes I repeat things that I think are important (or because I have forgotten that I already said them). Here is another repeat subject.

When you practice Karate, you should not wear any jewelry. This is primarily for safely issues but also out of a sense of modesty and austerity.

Would you like to wear earrings when you train? If so, how will you feel when your earring gets stuck to someone's gi and your earlobe is ripped off or torn? How will you feel with an ugly scar? How will you feel when you have to pay for it?

Would you like to wear a ring? If so, how will you feel when you scratch your partner's eye? Or when your ring gets caught on your partner's earring and you rip his/her hear lob off? And then, when the blood is dripping from your partner's ear, how about when he/she goes into shock, passes out and hits his/her face on the corner of a wall and knocks out some teeth? It happens.

Would you like to wear a necklace? I think you see where this is going.

And with any injury there is the issue of blood. Let's just say that in today's world, another person's blood is the equivalent of toxic waste -- don't touch it.

When you train, you should wear no jewelry at all.

And when you wear your gi in non-training situations, you should not wear any jewelry either. It is just not right. Your gi is not a Halloween costume. When you are dressed in your gi, you are dressed for training, so wear no jewelry. Are you afraid that you will look less attractive? Why are you worried about this when you are wearing your gi? Shouldn't you be worried about developing skill, refining your character, assisting your Sensei, and helping your fellow students?

I don't wear a watch or ring. The only metal I wear are my glasses. Why no watch? Because my cellphone always has the time.

I don't wear any jewelry because in my mind, I am always practicing Karate.

Man, woman, boy or girl -- wear no jewelry when training and/or wearing your gi.


Charles C. Goodin