Open Eyes, Open Mind

Over the last year or so, I’ve seen some of the short comings of my own training over the last eighteen years or so. I don’t mean that to say that i regret the training, or that I wished I had trained another style, or anything like that.
I never fooled myself into thinking I was learning ‘the best style’, or even that my instructor was THE best. Traditional styles, like any style, are only as good as the practitioner. However , I was never shown the level of grappling found in karate. Kiso kumite, and some kata bunkai showed throws and take downs, but there were movements and techniques in kata that never really made sense to me when viewed through the lens of striking. When viewed through the lens of grappling however, these movements and techniques make much more sense.

I’d like to give a big shout out to the guys over at Karate Culture, for helping me to see and understand how much grappling was put into karate by the original Okinawans who created the kata and kiso kumites we practice today.
Without opening my eyes to what else was out there, and without opening my mind , I’d have not been able to increase my understanding of karate as a fighting style.