(Extract from 8th Okinawa Traditional Karate Ceremony booklet)
Karate originated in Okinawa and has now spread around the world. It is an intangible cultural treasure for Okinawa and the Okinawan people take pride in their island being the birthplace of karate. Okinawan Traditional Karate has been passed down from generation to generation, from teacher to student, and from parent to child, without changing its essence.
There are two essential elements in the teaching of traditional karate. The first is technical instruction through physical training and the second is oral trasmission throug instructions and dialogue.
Without oral trasmission kata becomes an empty form without essence. Kata training becomes a real self defense system through the teachings that are passed on via oral trasmission.
The teacher shows the form and movements of kata to the student and through physical training, the student begins to understand the form, movement and proper breathing. The teacher enhances understanding by providing additional details by words, correcting student’s form, and trasmitting the finer details and essence.
Student listen to their teacher’s words and practice repeatedly for years striving to achieve the essence of this art. Along with technique, the mind and spirit of the student becomes one with the teacher.
Traditional karate has been passed down from the teacher’s heart to the student’s heart.
This is how true and traditional karate has been passed down from generation to generation.
© 2019, Roberto Ugolini