Sunday, June 9, 2019

KARATE: BENEATH THE SURFACE by Roy Kenneth Kamen


KARATE: BENEATH THE SURFACE

By Roy Kenneth Kamen


A MUST READ!

On 5th January 2019, I wrote to the author as under:


Roy san,

At the beginning, when I started learning karate, I thought karate is a fighting art of self-defence. But after I got a black belt, I began to think that maybe karate has something more than a fighting art. In fact I myself do not like something related to violence. I do not like competitive sport karate. After my teacher suddenly passed away, I was forced to study karate by myself. Fortunately I can train in karate on my own because karate have Kata. So I continued practicing Kata even today. One day, like you, I realized that Kata is like a mantra of Buddhism. Kata's movement is like a mandala of mysticism. It gives me peace or tranquility. Maybe this is because of Okinawan Goju-Ryu. When I see other karate schools, I do not feel anything spiritual at all.

When I read your book, I am glad to know that what you think about karate is quite similar to mine. You seem to appreciate the spiritual aspect of Goju-Ryu. I also think Okinawan Goju-Ryu is spiritual. Miyagi himself thought so.

Kiyotaka Yamada aka Sanzinsoo
Osaka, Japan

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Psychedelic Trance Party in Wakayama

Last Sunday I went to Wakayama, as psychedelic trance party was held at the beach. Before I participate in the party, I climbed the hill. The path to the hill top was covered with grass and surrounded with trees. On top of the hill, I found the huge golden Buddha statue. I practiced the forms of Okinawan Gojuryu in front of the Buddha. At first I faced to the sea (to the south) and performed Tensho. Then facing to the north I performed Sanchin. And facing to the east I performed Seinchin. Lastly facing to the west I performed Suparinpe. After finishing the ceremony, I climbed down the hill and walked to the beach. The party was held there. I enjoyed dancing with friends.
 


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ueku or Weeku (= an oar)

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! Happy New Year 2019! Selamat Tahun Baru 2019!