The Twenty Precepts of Gichin Funakoshi – No. 11

‘Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.’

Practice makes perfect, but the opposite is also true. If you don’t continually practice your karate, your punches and kicks will falter – your technique will become sloppy and your abilities will decline.

When someone takes a leave of absence from karate (which is sometimes inevitable in modern life), they struggle to get back into the routine when they return. Their movements will feel awkward and rigid, the flow of their techniques will be interrupted and they may be disheartened.

It is important to remember, however, that it will all come back and perhaps you will even achieve a greater understanding having gone away and then returned with a fresh mind and body, though the lack of physical practice will mean a period of training will be required before your previous standard is met again.

Karate, as with everything else in life, needs constant attention and work in order for you to stay on top form.

By Karly West

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