July 26th , 2015
Sensei Kevin Reymond
Onegaishimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, and all USRKUSA Deshi,
travels he studied with a Zen priest Takuan Soho who wrote
among things The Unfettered Mind and The
Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom. Takuan writes
in the latter, If ten men, each with a sword, come
at you with weapons slashing, if you parry each sword without
stopping the mind at each action, and go from one to the
next, you will not be lacking in a proper action for every
one of the ten.
Hanshi wrote in his book, Building Warrior Spirit, " In karate, as in life, the mind is recognized as the catalyst to perfection. Kata itself is imagery, a metaphor in its simplest state, most perfect in accord with our minds, and in direct relation to the fortitude of our thoughts. The physical body is always vulnerable but the mind has no limitations."
To achieve empty mind constant practice, visualization and repetition of our kata is required. In this way the moves and techniques will there for us when needed and without hesitation.