KNOW WHERE YOU CAME FROM…
When I started in Seidojuku I had no idea about its history, no idea who taught our Kaicho and who his master was until my Senpai told me he came from Kyokushinkai. This lead me to read Tadashi Nakamura’s book, ‘The Human Face of Karate’ where Kaicho speaks about his teacher, Sosai Mas Oyama. After doing some research on Sosai, Kaicho Nakamura and Kyokushin I decided that every time we bowed to Kaicho in the Dojo, I would also recognize Sosai Mas Oyama.
What I’m trying to say is that if it wasn’t for Sosai, would we have had Seidojuku? If it wasn’t for Sosai, would we have had IKO Matsui or IKO Midori or IKO Matsushima or IKF? Would we have had great Karate like Kancho Matsui, Kaicho Nakamura, Shihan Royama, Hanshi Arneil?
So when you bow to your Kaicho, remember who taught him, when class gets too hard, look down at that Kanji on your chest and think about how harder Karateka before you trained. Honor these great Karateka by NEVER giving up!