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Karate: your way must have a destination


Your way must have a destination

Today, I wanted to address the theme of the way.

Before doing Karate, I specialized in railroad: a kind of "samou-rail".

Since I'm doing karate and we're still talking about the way, and in French railroad is called the way too, so I thought I'd make the connection between the two: from the crossing to the level crossing.

You must have a destination

It is not especially a terminal station but, in any case, you must have a goal. To reach it, you will have to follow your path to a specific destination.
When you take the train, it is to get to a particular station.
You are not going to stop at a station, at random.

I have a friend who has just written a book about his travels by train because he had fun, for a few days, getting on the train and then leaving, at random, on the right, on the left.
It may be nice, it's fun, but when you do that, you have no destination or purpose. And, finally, we are not particularly satisfied or disappointed to go to one place or another.
It may be good from time to time, but if you really want to progress in karate, you have to do otherwise.
You know that Karate-do is the path of karate and your path must have a destination.

What do I mean by that?
Set goals. You must not enter a karate club and come to practice without knowing why. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why am I here?
  2. Why do I come to train?
  3. What purpose ?
  4. What is my destination?

You must have answers to these four questions
It may be just for fun, but most often it is not.
Karate is quite complex to learn. Learning karate is not just gymnastics. In Karate, there are still things to remember.
If you come for fun and do not learn, you will not evolve with others. After a while, the pleasure decreases because you see others progressing and you stagnate. In the end, you lose in pleasure.
To avoid this, give yourself goals.

Black Belt Lens

When someone arrives at a karate club, his first goal must be the black belt.
You will say to me, "But you are mad! The black belt? I have just arrived! ".
That must be your goal but that does not mean it's the end of the trip. The first important station you must aim for is the black belt. You may be able to put three to four years, whatever. But you must not arrive by saying, "I will never be a black belt." No, you have to say to yourself, "Yes, I want to be a black belt."
To help you see your progress, you have small intermediate stations but you should not stop too long. These are the yellow belt, orange belt, green belt, blue belt, brown belt and black belt stations.

And after, you continue. There will be the stations of "First dan", "Second dan", etc.
Why do I always tell you that your goal should be the black belt?
Because having this rank means that you now know all the basics of Karate.
It's a bit like giving you all the tools.

Basics to evolve

If you do not want to have your black belt, it's like someone who wants to be a baker, but who does not want to learn and who does not want to be given all the tools. He does not want to have his CAP baker.
Another example: you start riding, then, you say to yourself: "I want to learn, but I do not want to ride on the horse". The problem is: it is only when we ride on the horse that we enjoy riding.
It's the same with karate. Only once you are going to have the black belt will you really start working on your karate to develop it.
You will feel it and be able to evolve it because you will have all the tools to be able to work.

You have to set goals. It's very important. If you leave in the vagueness, you are sure to stagnate. Many karatekas do karate for one year, two years and then they will say, "No, finally, I do not like it".
In your opinion, why ?
Because they never set goals. So, they never had fire in them that makes them want to progress. They came just like for a gym session. It was good for them but, in the end, they stay at the same level.
You see, it's very important to set goals.

Shin Gi Tai

In "Shin Gi Tai" we speak of unity of thought, technique and body. (I tell you about it in the article: Shin Gi Tai, unity of mind, technique and body. )
Thinking of a goal is a bit like using the "Shin" because it means spirit, intention and motivation. For you to be motivated, you need to focus on something you really want. That's the way!
Also try to set a goal high enough.
When you enter a karate club, consciously or unconsciously, the black belt makes you want to do it. Do not tell yourself it's impossible but think that any karateka who has the black belt and beyond, has started white belt like you. If he has reached this level, it is because he first set goals.

Attention, the train will leave

To help you in your goals, I created the method "Karate 3G" which includes courses in videos with written supports that allow you to progress much faster. It is based on my experience as a karate teacher, my own progress and my knowledge. This method is also available belt by belt, with »the Goal Packs". If you are, for example, orange belt then the Green Belt Goal Pack will put you on the right track to get your next grade.
And then, if you really have the ambition to have the black belt, you will also find the Objective Pack - From the white belt to the black belt".
In general, there is, roughly six hours of videos by Pack. So it's really complete programs. You will find other videos that detail the programs that are in it. There are even coaching options, where there you have programs on 16 weeks. You are accompanied step by step and you know, every day, the exercises you have to do.
It will really help you achieve your goals.
I made you a video that tells you about all this:

Count on karate3G ™ to get you on the right track and keep you "in the train".
You will avoid the crossroads that lead to sidings.
I hope you will not stay at the dock and take the karate3G ™ train with us!

See you soon


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  1. Hello everyone. it is true that it is good to set a goal, however I think that even if one does not consider passing a dan it continues nevertheless to progress through regular practice; the fact of keeping fit in this way to counter the decline in our physical abilities due to age. One can always perfect a movement whatever it is. it remains an objective.

  2. Hello Bruno,

    Very good article once again! And in addition your little games of words and metaphors with the train give an unexpected pep to your explanations!

    We come back I still think about this consumer society in which we no longer have practitioners but fans of fast food sports. Young people, primarily, want to get into a club and give an "effective" punch after 1 practice months. And that, karate does not allow unlike other disciplines that put the practitioner with big gloves not to hurt themselves and to tap on padded paos. The practitioner will be able to put all his weight in his shot, have a technique deplorable but he will have the impression, the sensation of hitting hard and being able to hurt (without hurting himself?) In case of problem in the street. I myself practiced kickboxing. When I arrive with my karate guard, they make fun of me because I do not protect enough my chin with my two unfortunate mittens of karate and the opening between the gloves is necessarily more important than with boxing gloves ...
    In short, we come back to the role of the sports educator. It is up to him to explain, guide and maintain the flame in the practitioner. It's up to him to talk to the people coming to the club to explain to them the difference between a martial art and a combat sport. It is up to him to clearly lay the groundwork in the minds of the members of the club with a clear and clear program (where have I already heard this expression ???) that will not lure anyone? Personally, I regularly take historical breaks in my classes. This allows everyone to remember that karate is a veritable art of war that has proven itself on battlefields. However, it is necessary to qualify and explain that at the beginning of the 1900 years, in order to bring karate back into the schools, the most dangerous techniques were hidden and the closed fist in particular making disappear all the techniques of spades and seizures. Where, as you say, the importance of arriving at the black belt and being able to rediscover these "secrets".

    Giving practical and historical landmarks will allow people coming to the club to better understand and love our beautiful martial art!

    • Hello Philippe,

      Kata can serve as benchmarks for belt passes, but fortunately they have many other functions. In addition the practice of Kata does not stop at the black belt, it must be the basic training of any Karateka. It is in the Kata that one draws the knowledge of Karate.


      • HELLO BRUNO,

        it was very funny I had this discussion last night with a friend, and I told him my impression not to progress, and that I had to find a goal in my practice,
        I had my first dan in June 2016, and my goal was the 2ème dan, but I'm in a club that does not encourage progression, and after 1er dan, it's up to the practitioner to train all alone because there is no higher kata course,
        so I learned my 5 katas 2ème dan alone on the internet but no one to correct me!
        I find myself at a dead end, but I go to the dojo 4 once a week, but the pleasure dulls little by little and yet I am well aware that the path of martial arts has no real end, and that the progression is done over a lifetime,
        in any case, I read your articles with interest and I share very often your opinion,
        I will continue to search ...


        • François Xavier at

          Hello Bruno, thank you for your extraordinary site, your advice and also thank you to all your readers who intervene to talk about their experiences and enrich your site. I am 1er kyu for a year. I live in Holland, I train in a club with great people who are for the most part already black belt with a sensei 5eme dan and his daughters one of which made the world championships in Spain recently. I am very lucky to be able to benefit from all their advice. Come train with these people It is already a great source of motivation. The other side of the coin is that it shows my great greatness as the level difference is great between them and me. Nevertheless, I still hope to have this review of 1er dan in a year, which my Seinsei has just allowed me to pass. I am very happy to have discovered this site to be able to train seriously at home. It's a real technical and psychological support. I have a question: In my club you have to know kankudai and bassadai for the 1er dan whose sequences I know but not the bunkai. Are you considering integrating the bunkai of these two kata? thank you and have a great day

          • Bruno Bandelier at

            Hello Francois,
            To be honest I do not know if I will put the bunkais Bassai and Kanku Dai because I have a lot of delay in the videos to do. In addition I think that if I make these videos they will only be accessible on Karate3g.
            The bunkais must be a personal search. Base yourself on the advice I give in Heian bunkais and create your own Bunkais. It will be more natural for you then to present them at the passage of rank.
            Good luck for your 1er dan

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