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Styles

There is too much emphasis today on Karate styles, as if Karate was a pair of shoes.

Karate is much more than a style, organization, patch, or name. These are often just ways to retain and charge students.

Karate is really a personal art. One sensei told me that in Okinawa they learn from teachers, not associations. That may or may not be true today. But what he said was correct in the old days.

A student of Chotoku Kyan was a student of Chotoku Kyan. One of his students told me that they simply called the art Shuri-Ryu.

Styles and associations come and go. Learn as much as you can about your sensei and his or her lineage. You are part of a chain going back for many generations of people.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin