A rich man, fond of felines, asked a famous Zen ink painter to draw him a cat. The master agreed and asked the man to come back in three months. When the man returned, he was put off, again and again, until a year had passed. Finally, at the man’s request, the master drew out a brush, and , with grace and ease, in a single fluid motion, drew a picture of a cat – the most marvelous image the man had ever seen. He was astonished then he grew angry. “That drawing took you only thirty seconds! Why did you make me wait a year?” he demanded. Without a word, the master opened up a cabinet, and out fell thousands of drawings of cats.
“In Karate, we must practice, practice, practice and then practice some more…because knowing the movements is not enough, you need to feel them. If you only do Karate at the Dojo, you are wasting your time, it is disrespectful to the art. Of course, this is my opinion, but it is also how I train. I love Karate.” -JH
Contributed by Brian Pena