"A man who goes over what he has already learned and gains some new understanding from it, is worthy to be a teacher."
In the growth of Karate, Funakoshi also saw his students at odds
with one another as rival factions formed. It is perhaps the tone of this change
that in the1973 reprint of Funakoshi's book, "Karate do Kyohan," in which he
said: "As a result of the social disorder that followed the end of
World War II, the karate world was dispersed, as were many other things. Quite
apart from a decline in the level of technique during these times, I cannot deny
that there were moments at which I came to be painfully aware of the almost
unrecognizable spiritual state to which the karate world had come from that had
prevailed at the time I had first introduced and begun teaching of karate.
Although one might claim that such changes are only the natural result of
expansion of Karate-do, it is not evident that one should view such a result
with rejoicing rather than with some
Gichin Funakoshi passed away on April,
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