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You are mixing up karate (the art) and karate-do (the "way", or "the whole", one's journey with karate). Most schools and/or instructors weave spiritual (philosophical) teachings into their syllabus and training, this comprises the "-do" and is distinct from karate as an art. There can be a lot of commonality of the "-do" across styles but that's due to ...


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It's simply wrong to think that different karate-ka have or should have the same motivations, perspectives and goals. You ask what "drives karate forward" but when there's no consensus on destination there's no absolute forward and backward either. However you look at it, very sincerely striving to master and be able to apply the fighting skills - without ...


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Those things are important, but they are secondary to Karate's (and any other martial art's) purpose: learning how to be a good fighter. All these other things are aspects you need to study to be a good fighter. But the goal is and always will be: how to be better at punching and getting punched than the other guy. If you lose focus on the primary goal, you ...



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