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Two very different views of Karate.

Two very different views of Karate.
Soke Stacy Huffman - Fri Jul 06, 2007 @ 05:41AM
Comments: 5

Today I find my self along with my students in series of demonstrations.

As my students and myself watch our rival martial arts school do their demonstration. I find myself feeling almost remorseful as their students do a serious of poor flips and tumbles. We truly carry two very different views of Karate.

The rival martial arts students put their heart and sole into the demonstrations, so I applaud their efforts. I also encourage my students to do the same.

My heart goes out to those rival martial arts students. Though the standards of our Dojo is very different from the standard of the rival martial arts school. We see the individual who put his or her all into that demo. We should always applaud such efforts.

It saddens me to see that my rival instructor dose not carry the same view and discourages his students from applauding for our demo. I can only shake my head.

Though we may carry to very different views and standards about Karate we should always carry honor and respect of the student who puts his or her all into what they are doing.

As the AMA Dojo continues to grow and succeed we bring to light that there is so much more to Karate-Do than a punch or kick,  It is the way we carry our mind, body and spirit.

On a lighter note, the demos were great! We talked to well over 200 people and made tons of new friends.  I always look forward to seeing old friends and out of town Traditional Martial Artists. I would like to thank all the students and their parents for their wonderful support!

All I can say is "WOW!" Nice Job Guys and Gals!

"Patriotism at its best!"  Happy 4th of July Miss Riley!


Comments: 5


1. Mr. Dogooder   |   Mon Jul 09, 2007 @ 10:53AM

Stacy Huffman, Sensei

I still see that you continue your focus on tradition, when in fact you are still very much a business just as your competitor at the festival. It would appear that your marketing skills are getting stronger if you are still growing. Congratulations on that point.

Do not feel remorseful for your competitor, it’s the way the business world works. As I had told you in the past, people will eventually come to see the difference between services. It would appear that economics and business do go hand in hand. I would imagine your second dojo is much nicer than your current dojo. (As I have read the past blogs) Congratulations on that point as well.

Though it may sound mean, I can see why your competitor instructors discourages his students from clapping for your demonstration. If he or she were to applaud for you that would mean that he or she approves of your Martial Arts School. This would only hurt his business.

I would do more than just discourage applauding. I would also discourage the students from watching your demonstration, better yet, I would have not even done a demonstration at the same festival you were doing. It would be bad for business for the lesser of the services offered. I would probably put my resources into private or solo demonstrations.

Again my point, tradition or not you are still a business.

2. Paul Rowland   |   Tue Jul 10, 2007 @ 12:58PM

Being a student of more than one martial art(including a sempai in goshinkan), I am would have to say that I agree with Sensei. An ill-conceived business move is no excuse for bad manners which is what I perceive Sensei is illuding to with his post. The fact that this other group lacked the discipline to acknowledge accomplishment has nothing to do with business. I have a Masters degree in Business and an Undergraduate in Business. I work in a highly competitive industry, but when I go to conferences, much like these demonstrations, we never show this level of disrespect for our competitors. It reflects back on us poorly, not them. To indicate that you would not put your resources into the same festival as a competitor only shows one thing to your rivals - you don't have what it takes to be competitive. Karate and business do have this one minor point in common - they are competitive environments that require discipline. The fact that Sensei's student show this discipline by applauding the competition shows that Sensei is instilling the correct attitude in his students.

4th kyu-green

3. Rick Clark   |   Tue Jul 10, 2007 @ 05:07PM

I would like to add that I have four children in the Goshinkan system. My children are very involved in many things Baseball, Basketball, Football, Dance and Hunting. Everything you do should be done with respect and Discipline. I myself also work with many different people everyday and I build my customers on these same princples. If you cannot do your best and treat everyone fairly in buissness and in life. You will eventually fail. If you cannot show respect to anyone else in your genre that makes you look weak and inferior.

4. Andreas  |  my website   |   Sat Jul 28, 2007 @ 03:22AM

>>Though we may carry to very different views and standards about Karate we should >>always carry honor and respect of the student who puts his or her all into what they >>are doing.

That's is one reason training together !!

5. Soke Stacy Huffman   |   Fri Aug 10, 2007 @ 06:41AM

Our doors are always open to any and all styles of Martial arts.
We have several Black Belts from other styles working out with us and some have even decided to join us.

Mr. Dogooder,
I can’t really see your point? It would seem to be Defeatist to do as you say. No one should have to hide or dodge other martial arts schools. Students make progress in their own ways.

It is the student, who perceive this progress to meet their goals.

Nether the less good manners and respect is the okinwan way. Okinawa is called the land of shuria “the land of good manners” We will continue that tradition.