Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seeking the true meaning of Karate in Okinawa - Yahoo!7 - Totaltravel

Did you know that karate, arguably the most well known martial art in the world, originated in Okinawa? Me neither. But it turns out the small archipelago beneath mainland Japan is where it all began. It wasn't until the early 20th century that Karate made it to the Japanese mainland.

On a recent visit to Okinawa, I had the chance to meet with a local instructor and do a refresher of my rusty karate skills. Kevin Chaplin, a Brit now based in Okinawa, was my mentor for a session at Murasaki Mura theme park.

Quizzing him on the difference between traditional Okinawan karate and the modern approach he said:
"True karate has been diluted, changed and adapted. The modern approach is to make money, but you have to balance the money with correct teaching. Karate is an education, not just a combat sport."

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