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Plastic Flowers

There is a saying... "It looks like a flower but it does not smell like a flower."

I have heard this applied to Karate students. The student kicks, punches, blocks, and performs kata like a Karate student but something is not quite right. It is like a flower with no smell -- a living flower should have a fragrance.

What is the Karate student missing? The answer is sincerity. A sincere student is like a living flower. Without sincerity, a student can be nothing more than a plastic flower -- an imitation of the real thing. Plastic flowers don't grow.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin