Karate Ni Sente Nashi

Karate Ni Sente Nashi

What differentiates karate from fighting and the many other martial sports?  This one phrase, “Karate Ni Sente Nashi” meaning, “In Karate there is no first attack”   defines karate and its true purpose. Karate is a defensive art with devastating moves that are reserved for only the most dangerous situations.  Did you know that most rattle snakes when they bite do “dry bites.” They don’t release their devastating poison every single time they strike.  Similar the karate master has incredible potential for injuring and severely wounding an opponent, but like the rattle snake with increase in potential also comes an increase in self-awareness and control of ones own actions.  Karate is like driving a car.  The car will only go as fast or slow as the person who drives it. The karate expert can either touch the gas of their gyaku tsuki punch and make light impact, or they can smash the gas to the ground and break through solid objects in their path!  It all comes down to control and understanding the true purpose of karate.  Karate as intended by it’s founders was meant to preserve and protect one’s own life and the lives of others.  It is about finding peaceful solutions to potentially violent confrontations.  Karate teaches a student to use their brain and heart before their brawn!  This is reinforced with the fact that the most important aspect of karate training, the kata, all start with two things that illustrate the original purpose of karate.  Every kata begins with a bow, showing respect for another human being, and a block.  Karate is a defensive art.  And this is reinforced every time you practice your kata.  Karate’s ultimate goal is not to fight, but to keep the fight from beginning in the first place.  Please don’t make a mistake and think this shows weakness.  Just like the devastating lethal power of the rattle snake’s bite, the karate master use’s his karate techniques sparingly and only with the appropriate amount of force.  This is one attributes of a true master of the art.. Self-control.

 "Way of The Dojo" - By Sensei Dave



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