Karate-Do as a way of life

“As a Budo´s manifestation, Karate assumes that the individual experience which obviously only can happen in the world with others is an important and essential factor in the search for its understanding, “the individual experience is everything in Zen. There are no intelligible ideas for those who haven´t a foundation in experience “(SUZUKI, 2003, p.54).

This practice is done in Karate, not in the sense of “knowing how to do” to “learn how to teach “, which is very much discussed by the
Physical Education professionals (…), but as experience daily grounded in order to “feel / understand / grasp” Karate as a way for achieving Budo, this being only possible through the constant body practice, since only through the body´s perception the manifestation of the oriental wisdom is given.

Therefore, Karate-Do, as a manifestation of Budo, as life wisdom or living mode although having characteristics and similarities with philosophy, presented by Chaui (1994), while analyzing, questioning, inquiry, reflection on the knowledge produced and about the world, doesn´t have its foundation in occidental logical thought, on the contrary is focused on oriental wisdom, in which is privileged the understanding and contemplation of the world through everyday personal experience.”

Lage & Junior (2007), Karatê-Do como Própria Vida, São Carlos SP Brasil, p. 41 (Translation by “martialspirit”)


About Karate-Do

I investigate about the fundamentals and principles of Karate-Do Shotokai - the practice of Mitsusuki Harada Sensei.
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