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Fight or Attack?

This is a story.

Sally was speaking to her Sensei, about another student, Jane.

"Sensei," asked Sally, "if Jane and I were to spar, who would win?"

"You would surely win," answered the Sensei.

Sally smiled.

"But," continued the Sensei, "if you were to attack Jane she would surely kill you. You are good at sparring. Jane is good at Karate. You have the advantage when there are rules. She has the advantage when there are none."

Karate is self-defense as a last resort. At that point, there are no rules and anything goes. Most forms of sparring are bound (limited) by rules. Most of the effective techniques of Karate would be illegal in sparring.

The moral of the story is, don't mess with Jane.


Charles C. Goodin