How should I proceed on the path? There are no shortcuts in Karate-Do.... I bet you've heard this before.
Like taking the freeway instead of the scenic route? You’re going 75 mph while everyone else is winding their way through the mountains at 30 mph. ...one switchback after another... up the mountain, down the mountain, then back up again. Over and over and over.
I love the scenic route, when I have time for it. But if someone told me I had directions to the freeway and I ended up on some one lane road in the middle of nowhere, I’d be more than a little upset. There are no shortcuts in True Karate-Do ONLY if you know everything already.
I know with over 45 years of experience in Karate-DO, I’ve still got few things to learn...
So, I always keep an eye out for that “insight Knowledge” sign and I try to stay on the Scenic Route although I can easily take freeway with my experience and go at 75mph. Even your Sensei is still learning; now more than ever Sensei is constantly looking for the next level of information, filling in more pieces of the puzzle and looking way down and digging into the bottom of the mighty iceberg-The Karate-Do and spirit. And he is always looking for better ways to teach the things he already knows, in the hopes that his students will one day catch up to him.
If you feel like you’ve been on the scenic route a little too long.....?
As students you should keep an eye on EGO Sign. It may be newly built highway perfect freeway for your lifestyle. Watch out this may be the worst road you have taken that will end you up nowhere or at the end realize that is a dead end or still under construction; you may not find the way back may be forever.
Karate-Do or the path is sensitive to emotional touch, parents should be very cautious when they send messages, signals or before showing the highway route to their kids. You may want to listen to the doctor before you write your own prescription for your Karate Kid (unless you are a specialist ..😊).
Unfortunately, blinded by the artificial fast-paced modern societies, everybody needs faster andNOW; many don't care anymore, only Interested in taking but not giving.
Try the Scenic route for a change, it’s harder but beautiful inside and out. Yes, it’s still hard work, but you’ll get there a lot faster than you think, because, you will have to drop the heavy weight (ego) to climb the mountain and enjoy the true natural beauty. With lighter weight journey is easier.
Even then, as you may already know, there are only 3 things you need to succeed in ordinary/material life: 1. Always Do the right thing 2. Do whatever you do to the best of your abilities. 3. Help and think of others Yes, that’s all.
Sensei’s “Theabove and beyond karate-Do” session is packed with spiritual/internal teachings, scientific information and skills that would normally take students months, years or even lifetime to learn. That may sound like a shortcut, but it's really just high-quality information taught in the most effective way we know how.
You can benefit from all of that, experience and even get on the Freeway to Chi/Ki (energy) manipulation when you are on the Scenic Route at slower pace.