Dai Hanshi E. J. Ward
(Shisome) your journey with the first step
Look into your soul as in a mirror (Kagami)
and realize who you are.
Now, you start to feel the harmony (Enkatsu)
that surrounds you.
Through hard training, you develop your maximum physical and
mental strength (Kyouko).
Evolving now a true and strong spirit (Kigai)
on the journey along the Karate-do.
A Syllabus is the distillation of
timeless wisdom in lessons and principles of combat. Each Kata
arms you with practical knowledge and give you endless options
and advantages in combat, designed with a strategy to deal with
attacks that you will frequently encounter. Kata must be absorbed
through thought and practice, allowing it to become part of
your mental and physical arsenal. Although striving to survive
without fighting, kata strategies make you aware of what the
attacker may be up to. Self-directed conflict ( to prepare your
mind for combat ), offensive and defensive techniques, and unconventional
combat are all taught through Kata. Ideas and knowledge must
be in balance with actual experience.
Your syllabus is practical knowledge in the highest form, inspiring
you with ideas that require a different way of thinking and
approach to life. The student must translate this knowledge
into action, a life long challenge.