Some may say karate can’t be used in real world situations. Though liken to Musashi, in The Book of Five Rings, where he states that one should practice the martial arts to apply to any situation. This exemplifies the deeper purpose of one’s training.
The first Heian kata in Shotokan Karate teaches a student to turn from their core. To look first, then turn. This should be enough explanation of applicability; however, I will give an analogy to illustrates this through scientific observation.
A leaf looks like a single unit, one conception. Yet under a microscope, opens up one to thousands of cells. Similarly to knowing the techniques in karate. With further observation, with a super powerful microscope one would witness an atomic structure.
Regardless of composition, this atomic structure is found everywhere in life. The latter is an example of how techniques can be utilized everywhere at anytime. Moreover, I will give two examples of teaching methods from my experience as a student.
One teacher, who showed a variety of different moves throughout class made me think that I had learned a lot. Where as another teacher who showed one set of moves through the three compartments of training; basics, patterns, and applications; at the end of class I thought that I didn’t know how to do the moves.
Missing a class of the latter teacher, was like missing a month’s worth of training. Because not only were the classes uniformed in plan, they also contained fundamental pointers of corrections, accompanied with alterations of universal ways a student may compensate.
Understanding the paradigm of human tendencies enables one to stop doing things incorrectly, as well as to hone into a more correct form. Continuing on from the thought of the end of the latter class, there was a long way to go to get the techniques right.
One thing the second sensei told the class was that they found comfort in not being able to do something, because it gave them something to work towards. And another time they mentioned that too much compliment is destructive, which would leave a student to be complacent.
Complacency could also appear when one is naturally good at something, where one may not be motivated to work as hard as another who doesn’t portray natural ability. I believe that working towards something gives a person purpose, to have a reason in life.