The Quantum Karateka

…step outside the dojo.


Illiterate

If kata is like a book

Then I can recite you the author and the title

And speak the sound of the words

But the title, the author, the words

These don’t matter much to me

Because I can’t read.

– QK

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A mantra of sorts

I am willing to make mistakes in this life.

I am willing to go down “wrong” paths in order to discover the right one.

I am willing to look like a fool and to be embarrassed in order to see myself more truthfully.

I am willing to feel out of place and alone and afraid in order to find where I best fit.

I am willing to make mistakes, period.

Now, more than ever.

In this age, at this time, on this planet.

I may have some false illusions about myself. I am willing to have those shattered in order so that I may come closer to the genius that resides within. In order so that I may give of myself more fully in this world from a place of true knowing, instead of small pretending. 

– QK


Mind-technique-body

What feels more right to me isn’t “combat” training…

It is health.

Without that, I have nothing.

On a secondary level, I think personal safety and self-defense are important skills to have

In a city like Oakland.

I think martial arts should first and foremost be about having excellent health.

While also perfecting the techniques of the particular art

And fortifying the mind through spiritual practice.

Shin-gi-tai

But for right now, with my limited amount of time and money,

Health is of the utmost.

A fitness regimen that incorporates the “three pillars”,

Strength, Flexibility, Cardiovascular.

And learning how diet affects and works with that.

I believe learning how to punch and getting punched (i.e. boxing) are legitimate goals for me as a martial artist.

But without sound health, I have nothing.

I won’t have the privilege to get punched

Or overcome my fear of it.

A weak heart, a weak mind, a weak body

Won’t be able to stand in the ring and take a punch

Or punch back.

Actually, it doesn’t seem martial arts can be separate from the trinity of

Shin-gi-tai

But if one must make the sacrifice because of circumstance or situation, then health is the ultimate goal.

At least that’s how I’m feeling right now.

Elbow SMASH!
– QK