Training in uncertain times.

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” Miyamoto Musashi

Greetings, students.  The quote above was uttered by Japan’s most revered swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, c. 1584 – June 13, 1645).  This time in Japan’s history, was one of great difficulty.  There was no centralized government and feuding lords were constantly at war with each other.

We often think of Karate (and other martial arts) as something that needs careful and deliberate construction.  Painstakingly training over many, many years.  A properly outfitted Dojo, all the right tools, etc.  Ironic then, that Musashi was able to exist during this time isn’t it?  It seems logical to presume that during this period in Japan’s history (which is known as the “Sengoku” or “Country at war”), that there was no time or space or infrastructure to master anything.

Of course, there may be another explanation to the existence of Musahsi during such an unstable time.  Here is another quote by Musashi, “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter.  Everything is within.  Everything exists.  Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

During this time of uncertainty, you are your own greatest asset.  You, decide whether to continue to train on your own.  You, decide whether to spend time in quiet thought.  It is you, who chooses what you will and will not do.  Masterful karate already exists in you.  All you need to do is allow it to continue to develop.

Sensei Dan, Sensei Gary and Sensei Jason are here to support and guide you.  We will continue to send our regular communications.  Our website and Facebook site are great sources of information.  Please use these tools to stay engaged. To get you started, here is an interesting article that talks about the origins of Okinawa karate, in a broader sense. http://www.shorin-ryu.ca/karate_ranks/

Sensei Jason Pennell

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