I have recently seen the video ‘What is 3K karate?’ and it has disturbed me and inspired me enough to write to the forum. In the video you are very polite regarding 3K karate and rightly so as people have a right to choose their activity.
But I have an issue and it is this; I was completely unaware that what I have been doing all along is in fact 3K karate and I would like to propose that 3K is in fact ‘dangerous’ when it is not made absolutely clear that that is what we are doing.
I now realise that it is highly unlikely that I would be able to transfer the skills I have learned to a live situation, I am likely to get hurt! I have spoken to my sensei and it transpires that he is completely and genuinely unaware that there is a different type of karate, he is teaching what he was taught. He truly believes he is teaching self defence. There are black belts in our club who have never made contact with a training partner, the closest they have got is non-contact gloved kumite (Are belts even appropriate for 3K?). And, does 3K actually obfuscate the true study of karate?
Personally, I will be leaving my club because as a higher grade I am supporting and more importantly responsible for our students. I cannot be responsible when I believe what we are doing is dangerous, I cannot send them out into the world believing they can defend themselves when I know it is not true. I am putting them in ‘Danger’!
Once again, I am not saying there is anything wrong with 3k when it is made absolutely clear that that is what is being taught, but when it is not made clear or the club does not even understand the difference, it then becomes dangerous.