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A Karate Ring

It is not appropriate to wear any jewelry during Karate training.

While attending a seminar on the mainland, I saw a young man wearing what appeared to be a high school graduation ring. I walked over and mentioned to him that jewelry should not be worn during training.

He quickly explained that it was OK because it was a Karate ring. Sure enough, it was a Karate design ring sold by his dojo.

I was at a loss for words. I guess that Karate rings could be worn in his dojo -- after all, his sensei had sold it to him.

I do not allow jewelry to be worn in my dojo. It is a safety issue. In addition, Karate training should be austere.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin