El KARATEGI. Un símbolo de valores.
It was the year 1917 when Master Gichin Funakoshi held his first exhibition at the Butoku-Den in Kyoto (Japan). Without arousing noticeable interest, He returned to his island where he analyzed the reasons for that event that did not finish curdling among the Japanese.
The Japanese people were and still are very fond of the label, and one of the points that displeased in that meeting was the lack of "official" clothing; an aspect that master Jigoro Kano made him understand by offering him a judogi as a garment more in line with the practice of Karate.
This is how Karate introduced, thanks to judo, their clothing and their correlation of degrees through the belts, and it was in this way that karategi began to be part of each training session.
Composed of pants and jacket, the belt that symbolizes according to its color is added, el grado alcanzado.
Por otro lado, el Karate-Do, encompasses a series of ethical and moral values that make this art, a way of life. It would be difficult to choose a value that can represent Karate-Do. Personally and without belittling others, if i had to choose three, I would stay with respect, humility and honor.
Respect for everything that surrounds us and everything that nature encompasses. Something crucial to live with harmony. A path of peace.
Humility, without which we would fall into the well of arrogance and self-centeredness and where it is difficult to get out. Avoiding boasting and presumptions brings us closer to our neighbors who will see a being of equal to equal.
The honor. A concept that encompasses commitment, responsibility, should, loyalty, integrity. Is to sign your actions with your word, just like the real samurai when just saying he was going to do something, that something was already considered for granted.
Three values that we can well relate and represent with our "official" clothing and that we are going to detail below:
- El pantalón (zubon). Es la representación material del respeto, ya que cubre a la vista de los demás, our most intimate parts that precisely out of respect for others, we must not arbitrarily display.
- La chaqueta (uwagi). It could well symbolize humility by hiding and avoiding flaunting muscular pecs, strong abs or a generally healthy physical condition. Cover our torso, bypasses our physical strength in an attempt to avoid any kind of provocation, haughtiness or display of superiority; humility after all.
- El cinto (obi). It should be considered as a guarantee certificate on the technical level acquired and the human values developed. Wear the black belt on the hips, should be synonymous with possessing those values; values that have been consolidated after each training session, after every drop of sweat, after every second of overcoming. Quite an honor, to be able to wear this belt and have such an upright character.
Por tanto, and not to forget these values, we could well reflect at the beginning of each session, and when we put on our pants, think about swelling and expanding our respect for everything that surrounds us; when tying the straps of the jacket, pay attention to reinforcing our humility to continue learning on our inexhaustible path, and of course, every time we tie the belt, debemos sentir el honor de pertenecer a esta gran familia de karatecas. Now we are ready to tackle a new session.
Once we finish our training session, y precisamente en orden inverso al expuesto anteriormente, we will shed the karategi and we will have to understand that karate is not exclusive to the dojo, but it is our obligation to bring it to fruition at every moment and place of every day. Por eso, at the end of the careful folding of the pants, de la chaqueta y de nuestro apreciado cinto, we will have to look up, look ahead and continue practicing Karate with a firm step.
Sensei Daniel Tchey – 6º dan RFEK