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Do we find the Way only in Karatedō? In fact, we know of other disciplines that shared values very similar to the Way. How do they interpret what Karate calls the Way? What connection can we establish between Karate and Marc Aurèle? Descartes? the Bible? Buddhism? A small clue: find the Unit.
All the power sought in Karatedō is in the Kime (決 め). Kime is the spirit of decision, it is the culmination of Karate, the "materialization of a physical and mental tension that has reached its climax." For Roland Habersetzer (9e dan), the Kime is the "concentrated energy explosion at one point" . It manifests itself in the cry of Kiai.
The Way, Master Funakoshi followed it since its beginnings around the year 1880, on the island of Okinawa. Others have been practiced before him, and so can we. The Way is indispensable to the practice of Karate - to that of "Art" as Gichin Funakoshi said - that is why Karatedō was born.
We have seen that the roots of the Karate Way derive in part from Buddhist values - Bodhi and Saṃsāra - and that the Karatedō starts from the body to reach the spirit and unite the two. Let us now try to describe what the Way is, from the description given by Master Funakoshi.