Karate, Yin and Yang:
Karate, comes from the Far East and is strongly imbued with Chinese philosophy Yin and Yang, this duality or rather complementarity that we find in everything.
It is often said that Karate is both the quiet force of the mountain and the never-ending stream of waves, it is the reed that bends under the wind, the wind that rushes into the pines ...
In short, karate is a clever combination of Yin and Yang; hard and soft; contraction and relaxation; the fluidity of the water, which seems harmless and yet so penetrating, encircling, even aggressive; the strength of the mountain that seems at once powerful and very calm and serene.
Karate and mother nature:
On vacation by the sea, I promised myself not to do karate (and I did not!), But I could not help thinking about it and as a good poet that I am (yes, if, sometimes ;-)) to see it in all the elements that make up the Mediterranean coastline.
So instead of sending you a postcard (he had no longer enough stamp in the mail :-)), I took out the camera and you filmed some very short scenes of Mother Nature.
- Observe the sea that constantly comes to whip the rocks. Sometimes she seems to calm down and settle down. But, as a carpet in the shadows, it looks like she is watching to better leap and attack more beautifully. The rocks are very stable and calm cashing the blows without flinching, but still make the water squirt in all directions. Who of water or rock will win the duel?
- Watch how the wind rushes into the pines (Being rather Shotokan, I could not help but shoot the wind in the pines Which is the translation of " Shoto", Pseudonym under which Master Funakoshi wrote Chinese poems in his youth). He passes on all sides, looking for a fault to break and bend. But the pine does not break, it dodges constantly, sweeping its branches in all directions to let the wind pass which suddenly has no hold.
- Notice how the reed bends under the wind, not trying to fight against the strength of his opponent but using it to change its shape and position. By folding, the reed literally lets the wind flow on it. The latter will never succeed in uprooting it.
In karate, in your everyday life, as in nature, strength is not always the best solution facing attacks of all kinds.
Often, the calm of the rock which nevertheless shows its power; the dodge of the pine tree, which stands proudly in the air, or the humility of the reed in front of the stronger than it, is much preferable to confrontation and retaliation.
That's it, it was my postcard to me
See you soon,
PS: I hope that one day I will go see tigers in Kenya, that should inspire me also In the meantime, leave me a comment below.
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