Karate as Martial Art
Of the five attitudes of the mind in real combat
By Yoshikazu Kamigaïto Sensei.
It is often said that the WADO-RYU style appears less powerful than that of other more aggressive schools. This characteristic does not always play against WADO-RYU, if one considers the strategy side in martial arts. On the other hand, there is a serious problem if the WADO-RYU practitioner himself feels it in his own interior.
One reason for this characteristic of WADO-RYU is that, from the beginning of the initiation, dodging techniques are studied, instead of taking advantage of strength and physical fitness. This does not mean that we have nothing to do with aggression: on the contrary, all martial arts must be exercised by positive or aggressive attitude: even in training, and even in real fights. I would like to present to you here five attitudes of combat mentality, in Karate. Don’t think that this or that attitude is better or worse; The choice of one of the five attitudes depends on the relationship between you and your opponent, or your character…
Interview of Yoshikazu KAMIGAITO Sensei by André De Rijck on January 30, 1979
Kamigaito Sensei has been working in our country for seven years. As sixth Dan Wado-Ryu, he is one of the most important of this style. He has taught at university karate clubs in Leuven and Liège, and in a variety of dojos common throughout the country. In addition to his sixth Dan Wado-Ryu, the Master has a third Dan from Nippon Kempo (Japanese Boxing).
André De Rijck (AD): Sensei Kamigaito, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?
SENSEI: I was born in 1937, in TAKAYAMA, a medium-sized town in the mountainous territory of CIFU-KEN Prefecture, central Japan.When I was 7 years old, my family moved to TAIWAN where my father was a schoolteacher. After the Second World War, we relocated to Japan where my father practiced the same profession…