Karate Goes Beyond the Dojo
The objective of karate-do is to polish and nurture both mind and body.
Shotokan in part means pine waves.
Beyond this kata of text
My window trailing with tiny rain silver-beads
Real pines, wind-boned legerity
Trunks in mild sway, branch arms waving.
Easy to give in to the body’s power
Take the body’s ability to nihilism
Away from awareness, caring or best.
Weapons must be forged, loved then forgotten
Spirit given over to integrity, forgiveness
Or we-them-the baseless, money-driven instructors
Are violent, criminal.