Karate and ethics of Karate By- ၿမိဳ ႔မ ျမင့္ၾကြယ္

Karate and ethics of Karate
By- ၿမိဳ ႔မ ျမင့္ၾကြယ္

Myint Kywe
Chief instructor of the SOSHIKI Karate

The word Karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: Kara, meaning empty, and Te, meaning hand; thus, karate means "empty hand." 

Karate can also be described as a martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions (dodge), throws, kicks, punches, and joint manipulations (Joint breaking).

Karate practice is divided into three aspects: Kihon (
基本, きほん basics), Kata (, forms or patterns of moves), and Kumite (組手 sparring).

Real karate is not only a sport and fighting (self-defence) but also build up (developing the practice of ) humility, patience, honesty, self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence, strength of character, kindness, compassion, awareness (understanding or consciousness) and self -discipline should always be before Karate self-defence.”

It involves focus, concentration and meditation.
Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.

Self-control is one of the most important life skills that Karate Martial Arts teaches you. In fact, self-control is the key attribute that helps you develop self-discipline, which is essential to reach your goals. Self-discipline is also one of the keys to excellence in karate martial arts.

Kihon, Kumite and Kata are useless without use of Kime.
Kime (focus) is defined as an explosive attack that focuses all of the body's energy at the moment of impact, creating the fastest and strongest technique possible

By practicing only “Kata” in Karate is NOT complete.
Conversely, by practicing only “Kumite” in Karate is NOT also complete.

Basic ethical principles of Soshiki Karate
We all karate practitioners should not be poisoned by the seven poisons such as: greed, anger, hatred, stupidity, conceit, jealousy and malice. We must do to cultivate the power of courage by strengthening our mind and body and overcoming any difficulties in our life.

How to reduce hatred and how to stop the hatred? How to reduce anger quickly? How to control your mind? How to stop arrogance and belligerence (hostility)?

The essence of karate is to be humble and NOT to be arrogant….
The essence of karate is to be humble and NOT to be belligerent (Not to be hostile)….

The martial arts philosophy, or at least the traditional karate philosophy, is called the ethics of karate.

We all instructors and students should abstain from all evil, committing murder, suicide, stealing, lying, betraying, sexual misconduct, adultery, polygamy, homosexuality and intoxicants. Please don't forget it.

I understand each of everyone has ups and downs, happy and sorry, wins and lose, loves and hate in their lives. You practice how to be honest to yourself and to be honest to others. You study how to be humble to yourself and to be humble to others.

Patience is the best part of human nature. Patience is a virtue.

Forgiveness is the best part of human nature. Forgiveness is a virtue.  BUT , Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it is cowardice.

You can hate (fight back) to your enemies if you cannot forgive them, BUT you don't use your counter attack deadly force on him/ them. You don't destroy their lives.

You want to protect yourself in cases like these. It's only natural. But you should know about the legal limits on self-defense.

The laws on self-defense vary from one event to another event, but in general you're allowed to use reasonable physical force to protect yourself from imminent or immediate physical injury. You can only use that amount of force that's necessary to stop the threat of harm.
You do NOT use deadly force.

The other person lunges at you or tries to punch you, kick you, you can protect (counter attack) yourself by fighting back. If you fight back and the other person gives up or is unable to defend himself, you do NOT continue to hit him - it's an unreasonable use of force.

If the other person doesn't come close enough to you to actually hit you and he doesn't have a weapon and he starts to walk away, you can't chase after him and hit him - the threat of harm to you isn't imminent.

These are very simple examples and very general rules. The facts and circumstances of each case and the laws in your country will determine if you acted properly in defending yourself.

The keys to remember are: You can use only that amount of force that's necessary to protect yourself from immediate harm.

Please don't forget it.

True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be stand up in the truth to the cause of justice.

We must stand for truth and righteousness.

Good etiquette in karate

Good etiquette should make for good karate. It should play an important part in karate training. It is pure common courtesy (something which, unfortunately, is missing from certain areas of life today) and should not be interpreted or considered as an act of subservience. Mutual respect is also important in karate and applying the principles of etiquette inside and outside the dojo is certainly recommended. Having said this those who have no problem with practising etiquette inside the an outside the dojo must have a certain amount of respect for those who have difficulty or discomfort in practising some of the etiquette required in the dojo, outside the dojo.

Studying karate is much more than learning to perfect a variety of techniques and really requires an understanding of the cultural and historical background which have rise to the conventional code of conduct. The importance of culture, tradition and philosophy in karate are readily expressed by the conventional code of conduct which emanated from, inter alia, the ancient traditions of Okinawa and Japan.

A karateka (karate practitioners) who understands the principles of etiquette and practices the same will be a credit not only to oneself but also to his/her instructor and indeed, fellow karateka.

There are numerous styles of karate and each probably has their own way in which they practice etiquette but the practice hereinafter mentioned basically relate to Shotokan Karate. 

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