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The Most Important Thing...

The most important thing in Karate is whatever you are missing at the time.

Footwork is the most important thing, if you have poor footwork.

Stance is the most important thing, if you have poor stances.

Body shifting is the most important thing, if you have poor body shifting.

Weight shifting is the most important thing, if you have poor wight shifting.

Bunkai (applications) is the most important thing, if you have poor bunkai (applications).

Grappling is the most important thing, if you are poor at grappling.

Kime and kikomi are the most important things, if you have poor kime and kikomi.

Koshi (body dynamics) is the most important thing, if you have poor koshi (body dynamics).

Character is always the most important thing.

My point is that what is important, or appears to be important, depends on what the student is lacking at that given point in his training. If you are missing koshi, it will seem to be overwhelmingly important. But in the grand scheme of things, it is only one of many important aspects of Karate. Koshi is important, but without good footwork it will not work. Bunkai is important, but without proper body dynamics, it will be limited.

Everything is important in Karate. And character is always the most important and essential thing of all.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin