Japan Karate Association

Forging a Karate Mind. Karate is not a game of points, weight classes orshowy demonstrations. It is a martial art and way of life that trains apractitioner to be peaceful; but if conflict is unavoidable, truekarate dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow.

Such an action requires strength, speed, focus and control. Thesephysical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just thevehicle, not the journey itself.

True karate is based on Bushido. In true karate, the body, mindand spirit—the whole person—must be developed simultaneously.Through kihon, kumite and kata we learn to controlour movements. But more importantly, we learn to give up control too.We can perform the techniques without thinking about them, and remainfocused without having to concentrate on any one thing. In essence, thebody remembershow to move and the mind remembers how to be still.

This harmonious unity of mind and body is intensely powerful. Even the greatest physical strength and skill
 are no match for the power of wholeness.

The result of true karate is natural, effortless action, and theconfidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through perfectunity of mind and body. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido, and the
 of the JKA’s karate philosophy.

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