Here’s an interesting observation, why is so much importance placed on succession in Karatedo? What I mean by this is the passing down of knowledge that qualifies certain individuals to teach based upon a hierarchy of the founder teaching to his disciples and so on (sort of reminds you of catholic hierarchy – pope, cardinals, arch-bishops, bishops, priests, and lay people). Well, this is complete non-sense! Anyone and I mean anyone, practicing under the label of Karatedo can trace himself back to the “founder”. Let’s use Goju-ryu as our “style” and myself and a few of my friends as examples to trace our lineage back to the founder.
There that was easy enough wasn’t it. Since Miyagi is considered “the founder” of Goju-ryu and therefore official authority, therefore by extension so is Joe Swift, Fred Lohse and myself. It has to be because I got my kata from Kinjo, who got them from Tokashiki, who got them from Fukuchi, who got them from Higa, who got them from Miyagi. So it has to be valid. LOL. Its pure nonsense. Its things like this that makes it so easy to poke fun at Karatedo. Really, it doesn’t take much effort.