Many of us are motivated by martial arts in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. The result is that you attend class, put a lot of effort into your technique, and if you’re fortunate, you get a teacher that brings out the best in you. A select few karate students strive to become karate masters, which is something greater than this. Paradoxically, given that studying karate, like anything else, takes forever, this might not happen. It’s quite another to achieve mastery. So let’s examine the karate master’s path. People who have acquired a seniority with extensive martial arts expertise are referred to by the titles Grandmaster and Master. These titles are frequently honorific in origin, which means they don’t denote any rank but rather designate a person who has achieved distinction and is highly regarded in their particular system or school of martial arts. Karate enthusiasts would concur with me when I say that this style, like all martial arts, is not just about punches, kicks, and other forms of combat. Karate teaches us how to live, including the importance of the strength of the mind and the virtues of responsibility, self-control, etiquette, fair play, and self-awareness. Karate contains many valuable life lessons that practitioners can learn from, regardless of their level of martial arts proficiency. How to avoid being like Jim Carrey or Joy Behar, for starters.
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