"Just Do It!"
Dale Adamson, Naples Karate Club
"Just do it" is phrase often heard in the Merritt Island dojo. I have also
heard this phrase in reference to sporting good ads on TV. When I hear the phrase
"Just do it" I am reminded of a MI February promotional. I was a Yon- kyu, and
not testing, therefore I was invited to participate in a demonstration with the other
greenbelts. When it came to Kata Pinan yondan (a kata I had studied maybe one time) I
attempted to bow out. Sensei MacKay- being ever so observant- asked me where I was going.
I explained that I was just learning the kata and did not think I could do it. Sensei
MacKay replied " This is as good as any time to learn it, just do it. So I joined the
other greenbelts, demonstrated the kata with mistakes, but I got through it. Sensei MacKay
did excuse me from demonstrating the nest kata (Pinan godan), but the demonstration was
not the kata, it was simply that there is no excuse for not trying.