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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.

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