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Karate Magazine Covers

I want you to think about every Karate magazine cover you have ever seen. Go to Ebay and search for "Karate magazine".

Here is what I noticed. If there is only one person on the cover, he (usually a man) is executing a Karate technique. If there are two people, one is attacking and the other is executing a Karate technique. Techniques depicted tend to be pretty spectacular. There is an emphasis on dramatic facial expressions. Hey, since when do we kiai with our mouths wide open?

How many times have you seen a magazine cover of a Karate expert escaping or avoiding a confrontation? How many times have you seen a cover of a Karate expert talking an attacker out of it?

How many times have you seen a cover of the ambulance arriving after the Karate expert has executed a deadly technique or of the police filing a report afterward?

How many times have you seen the Karate expert jumped by the attacker's friend(s) while he was executing his spectacular technique?

How many times have you seen the Karate expert kicking straight up, and getting kicked in the groin himself by the attacker?

Everything looks so good on magazine covers. Sometimes they might have to take dozens or even hundreds of photographs to get the cover shot. But in life, we only get one take under conditions that are changing and not ideal.

Oh, and they can touch up a cover photograph. You can do some amazing things with a photo editor!

They say that you can't judge a book by its cover. I also don't think that most magazine covers give a realistic depiction of Karate. Of course, my magazine covers would be very boring and not sell many copies. Oh well!

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin