Philosophy

One World Karate has been established to increase awareness of the goal and purpose of some of the most prevalent martial arts disciplines in the world, namely to perfect one’s character and role in a global society through “unity in diversity”, service and spiritual discipline.

The philosophy behind Karate is vast and complex. It stems from thousands of years of armed and unarmed combat. Techniques that have been and are being perfected by each new-generation. Buddhism, Taoism, and in fact the spiritual philosophies of all great religions, as well as the code of Bushido have played a part in the development of the martial arts philosophy.

The minds of martial artists are filled with various techniques that they have learned; jabbing, blocking, punching, kicking, sweeping, throwing, deflecting, locking, as well as hiding, escaping and running. These skills were only used as a last resort and only in self-defense. But, once the moment to fight came, the martial artist would use every technique, every ounce of energy and determination to overcome his opponent quickly and effectively. The body was finely tuned by thousands of punches, blocks, and kicks in an attempt to achieve self-perfection.

So far, and due to the exigencies of time, most of the defense techniques have been developed surrounding the physical. But what if one is subject to verbal attack or abuse, ridicule or derision. How would one respond or defend oneself against these invisible assailants which at times could be more damaging and destructive than physical attacks? In fact, most physical confrontations today stem from verbal, literal, or insinuated assaults; whether intentional or otherwise. Developing the ability and skill set to defend and overcome invisible assailants is one of the most important aspects of training and strengthening one’s character; a process which should be taught in parallel with physical training of martial arts; one that is mostly neglected, trivialized or misunderstood.

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