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The Best Multitool

Some news.  I'm a prepper.  In Hawaii, it is prudent to be prepared for hurricanes, tsunami, earthquakes, pandemics, disruption of public services, shipping strikes, etc.

One question you will often hear in prepper circles is this:  "What is the best multitool?" The answer is that the best multitool is the one you have when you need it.

I have a lot of multitools.  Some can get pretty expensive.  But no matter how good a multitool might be, it is of no use if you don't have it when you need it.

Karate techniques are sort of like multitools.  What is the best Karate technique?  The one you can use when you need it.

I have written an article about kata bunkai called The Why of Bunkai: A Guide For Beginners. It originally appeared in Classical Fighting Arts.  If you read the article, you will begin to understand how my mind works: in writing about bunkai I break techniques down and apply them to different situations and see how the movements can be used in different ways.  One movement can have many meanings -- many.  In other words, it looks like I am viewing bunkai in a complicated way.

But what really matters is what works when it is needed.  Techniques are sort of like multitools.  Knowing a technique you cannot use is like having a multitool back at your house.

My best multitools don't have that many tools: a knife blade, saw, file, pliers, can opener, screwdrivers...  They don't have that many tools, but the tools work really well.  You could also imagine a multitool with so many tools that it would be too heavy and bulky to carry.  Again, this is a lot like Karate techniques.

I think that it is excellent to know the meanings of the movements of the kata.  But is is more important to have a small set of reliable go to techniques that you are really good at.  In self defense, you don't get higher marks for creativity.  There are no marks.  You win by surviving and avoiding injury.  What matters is what works.  And it doesn't have to be pretty to work.

So what is my favorite multitool?  In the front of my cars (in the driver side storage area in the door), I have a Leatherman Supertool 300, as well as a knife and strap cutter.  In the back of my cars, in my medical/get home bag, I have a Leatherman Wave and Micra.  I am also partial to the Leatherman Charge.  I would carry that on my belt in a bug out situation.  I also like the military versions of the Gerber multitool.

And my favorite Karate technique is to avoid the attack.  Failing that, I would get in very close and... use the Karate multitool.


Charles C. Goodin

Karate-Do Kaikan Location: Tomigusuku

I mentioned that the Karate-Do Kaikan is being constructed in Okinawa.  Its location is in Tomigusuku, on the grounds of the Tomigusuku Castle ruins, in South Western Okinawa.  Here is a link to a map:



Charles C. Goodin

Merry Christmas From Beautiful Hawaii

Merry Christmas from beautiful Hawaii.  It is nice and sunny today after about a week of on and off drizzling.

I am planning to resume posting to my Karate Thoughts Blog.  For those of you who have inquired, thank you.  I am fine.  Now I am 58!

Next year should be very interesting and exciting with the planned completion of the Karate-Do Kaikan facility in Okinawa.  I have been having occasional meetings and updates on the project during the last two years.  Much more to come on this.

Let us all train sincerely.  My senior friend James Miyaji often told me that Karate training is like boiling water -- if you remove the heat it the water will become cold.  I believe that Gichin Funakoshi also said this, but regardless of the source, it is a good and true saying.  Karate cannot only be something you think about... it must be something you do (in your daily life).

Merry Christmas, as well, to my good friend Sensei Pat Nakata in Karate heaven, along with the many Karate seniors who passed away.  Great people rarely become that way without the inspiration of other great people.  Nakata Sensei, to me, was a truly great person, but you should have heard the stories he told about the Karate teachers who inspired him, particularly Choshin Chibana.


Charles C. Goodin