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A Tunnel, A Deep Hole, and a Pile of Rocks

This is a story.

A student was walking and came upon a man who was digging a tunnel into the side of a great mountain.

"What are you doing?" asked the student.

"I am going to dig a tunnel all the way through this mountain," explained the man.  "In this way I will find God."

The student continued walking until he came upon a plain where another man was digging a hole.

"What are you doing?" asked the student.


"I am going to dig a hole all the way to the center of the Earth," explained the man.  "In this way I will find God."

The student continued walking.  Not far away he came upon a third man who was piling large rocks one upon the other.  The student explained what he had observed and asked the third man what he was doing.

"Those other two guys are nuts," said the man.  You cannot find God in a mountain or in the Earth.  God is in heaven.  I am going to pile these rocks high enough so that I can climb into heaven and see God!"

Here is the moral of the story.  When you practice Karate, you have to ask what your instructor's motivation is?  Is he practicing Karate for some objective?  What kind of tunnel or hole is he digging or is he piling rocks?  And is that something that you want to do?

Karate training can be the excuse for many things.  By the time you realize that, you might have already dug a deep hole!

Just as God is all around and inside of us, the ultimate goal of Karate training is to improve ourselves in our daily lives.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin