Yes, September 17th is Constitution Day. I kept meaning to mention it at some point today (during spirit training or at the potluck) but it slipped my mind. So I’ll mention it here.
We are all blessed to live in a land where there is still relative freedom. I mean relative to the rest of the world. We can easily forget that we are unique in the world for the liberty we have – to pursue what we want to pursue; to live where we want to live; to read what we want to read. These are basic freedoms we should not take for granted.
As long as we adhere to the Constitution of the United States (which granted, our country has not always done) we can count on rule of law to ensure our liberty.
So what does this have to do with karate?
I believe we are all better off when we know exactly what to expect – when we know what the rules are – when there ARE rules.
Some may get very frustrated at the minute details of Okinawan Goju Ryu kata. Just like the rules of law in our state and country – the “rules” or details are there for a reason. Every particular movement or detail is teaching us something specific about what to do in a self defense situation.
Rules in the dojo and rules in tournaments are there to keep everyone safe.
Yes, we train in karate to be able to defend ourselves if necessary.
But the truth is, that each and every one of us would far rather have every person we meet following rules that would keep us safe so that we would not be required to defend ourselves. And we all benefit from a constitution that guarantees our liberty to pursue our passion and purpose in life.
Have you read the Constitution lately? It is really fairly short – I encourage you to do so and find out exactly what’s in there!