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Philosophy is at the very core of traditional
karate-do. Even during
the formative years of the art, when it was a practical necessity for
self-defense or for use in the karate-ka's vocation as a palace guard
or other government official, a person might only have to use the combative
skills of karate-do once or twice in a lifetime. The rest of
the time, karate-do was useful chiefly as a source of personal
discipline and a character-building philosophy of life. It is for this
reason that karate-jutsu (the Art of Karate) was
eventually transformed into karate-do (the Karate Way of Life).
In the 21st century, most people will still need to use karate-do in self-defense once or twice in a lifetime, at most. Instead, its primary value continues to be the development of a disciplined lifestyle and a character-driven philosophy of life. To help Karate Web Dojo visitors understand the philosophy of traditional karate-do, we have provided the following philosophical information:
We encourage you to make use of this information to enhance your knowledge and understanding of traditional karate-do. We also encourage you to tell us what we can do to make this site even more beneficial and meaningful to you. Please take the time to sign our guest book, visit our karate discussion forum, or send us an email to give us your suggestions.
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© 2003 Leonard J. Pellman
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