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Letting off steam

June 10th, 2006

With a bit of welcome rain (well, drizzle, but every little helps) Brisbane is, unusually, both cold and humid today. As a result, after a fairly intense training session at karate today, my son informed me that I was, literally, giving off steam.

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  1. JC
    June 10th, 2006 at 13:23 | #1

    Having also spent the morning at karate training, but at a different dojo, your posting – brief though it is – set me thinking. I noticed that your Sensei was once a Kyokushinkai adherent, the style I’m learning, but that he appears to have split with the IKO. The politics of karate is one of the least appealing aspects of the sport. In Brisbane alone there must be twenty competing styles, many of which look down on or mock the other styles. Around the world there are literally hundreds of styles, each holding itself out as somehow superior. What is sorely needed for the sport is a greater degree of cooperation and cohesion. Imagine a world tournament for all styles – it would be incredible. As it is there are so many styles, each with a different world tournament, that almost everyone can claim to be a world champion.

    Unfortunately it’s probably impossible to unify every offshoot, but surely it would be possible to unify some…

    JC

  2. chris shannon
    June 10th, 2006 at 17:14 | #2

    I got rained on cycling home from work on Friday. It hasn’t happened in a long time and, aside from noticing that my brakes need adjusting, it was FUN!

  3. jquiggin
    June 10th, 2006 at 18:18 | #3

    “As it is there are so many styles, each with a different world tournament, that almost everyone can claim to be a world champion.”

    I think it’s safe to say that as long as our style has at least two long-term students, I won’t be able to make this claim. But I guess I can always go for a biathlon in karate and blogging.

  4. June 10th, 2006 at 18:49 | #4

    PrQ,
    How would you score the blogging for a biathlon? Judges awarding one point for witty reparte, two points for a well developed post and three for a devastating comeback?

  5. June 10th, 2006 at 22:31 | #5

    JQ, what your son tells you should be interpreted in the light of the concept that you don’t get no respect.

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