Is it all about the competition…

Who won, who lost,
number one, two, three…

Is that all there is to what I’ve risked my life for?
I wonder if that’s all there is to it.

However, if I hadn’t continued to challenge myself, I would never have met myself.

Karate is the union of heaven and earth.
I want everyone to understand that, even if only a little.
That’s what I want to spend the rest of my karate life doing.
People come to the karate dojo to throw away their stress, or to show their ego that they are the best, or to try to beat someone.

Is that what the dojo is for?


I think not.

I think not. I think everyone has a hard time every day at work or at school.

That’s why I would like you to go to the dojo for one and a half hours in a 24-hour period, to take in the cosmic energy in the dojo, to become one with the earth from the soles of your feet, to feel that everything is one and the same, and to make it such a wonderful time.

I don't want it to be just a painful time.

Of course, the practice may be hard.

When it's hard, when it's painful, you feel that your ego is coming out, and you feel that you need to take in more energy from the universe.

The dojo is the time and place to unite heaven and earth.

At the beginning of training, in any dojo, there is a moment of silent meditation.
During the meditation, I would like you to check if your mind is beautiful and if you are ready to unite heaven and earth, and at the end, I would like you to check if you have united heaven and earth in a beautiful way and return home with all your energy replaced.

Norichika Tsukamoto

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