Friday, 9 September 2016
The 'Best Style' of Karate
One of the things that I emphasize is that all of the authentic systems of Karate-Do stand on even ground. Some claim ‘style superiority’; nevertheless, this view is both ignorant and non-compatible with the true spirit/mentality of Karate-Do.
Everyone knows that I practice the Shotokan style, however—first-and-fore-mostly—I am a Karateka. Accordingly, I have many friends in Goju Ryu, Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu, Shorin Ryu, Uechi Ryu, Ryuei Ryu, Seido, Kyokushin, Shotokai and many other styles. While the prime objectives sometimes differ between ryuha/kaiha, all can be defined by the aim of ‘shingitai’: the harmony of body, mind and spirit. This is why I respect all of the authentic traditional Japanese styles of Karate-Do. We must all work together and embrace our wonderful differences. Is this not like race and culture? I think difference is truly wonderful and pedagogically rich.
So what is ‘the best style of Karate?’ The answer depends on ‘what is the best style for you—as an individual’. Lets all walk forward together on the Karate path. Osu, André.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).