In ‘Karate-Do: My Way of Life’, Gichin Funakoshi presented his ‘six rules’. The third rule is missing so only five are presented. The ‘six rules’ are as follows:
1 – You must be deadly serious in training
2 – Train with both heart and soul without worrying about theory
3 – Missing
4 – Avoid self-deceit and dogmatism
5 – Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others
6 – Abide by the rules of ethics in your daily life, whether in public or in private
There are some very interesting things here that may be interesting to discuss. It also struck me that this is solid advice and that, when followed, these rules would get rid of many of the problems we see in some quarters of the martial arts:
Many people train without any intensity and some groups cater to that (1). There is often no “heart and soul” in training and people spend time discussing theory as opposed to sweating and doing (2). Untested and inexperienced theories – ones that have arisen without intense training – also demand recognition and validity (2). Martial arts are full of self-deceit and dogma is frequently preferred over function (4). People actively avoid comparing what they do with others and “adopting what is meritorious in the work of others” is perhaps even discouraged?(5). There are plenty of unethical marital artists out there, both publicly and privately (6).
It occurs that those 5 simple rules would help make the martial arts a lot better. I wondered what your thoughts were on them and what your suggestion would be for the missing third one?
All the best,