Training in karate teaches us not only self-defense but, to respect others as well as ourselves. We train our body to be strong, and our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. Karate is a spiritual endeavor, a way to develop a person as an inividual. Everything we learn in the dojo should be applied to everyday life. Karate training is not always easy. Often times it can be very difficult and demanding. This is also true of life. If we overcome obstacles in our training, it enables us to have strong character to do the same in our everyday lives.
The very essence of karate, the main purpose of training- is all about improving ourselves. We must always work hard at this. When we take responsibility to become persons of good character and integrity, we will be doing our part to make the world a better place, which in turn can help to bring peace to the world. It is also my personal goal, and the goal of Sarah's School of Martial Arts, to teach not only karate techniques, but moreover, to do our best to guide our members in the understanding of what it means to be a true martial artist. A true martial artist constantly strives to be a good human being.
It is the spiritual inspiration of this Shotokan philosophy that gives me the determination and resolve to pass on to my students these same teachings. It is my sincere hope that all of our members do the same and pass on my and Master Funakoshi's philosophy for generations to come.
As human beings, we are all the same, and have the same vulnerabilites. This is human nature. We can overcome many things if we first understand and accept this about ourselves. If we accept the good and bad about ourselves, it is much easier to accept these things in others. To be a true martial artist, we must accept nature and continually work on perfecting our character. This daily process should be as routine as waking up in the morning. That is the true power of a good martial artist.