Whilst searching through YouTube, I came across these two videos of Yuchoku Higa (Kyudokan Dojo), who was a student of Chosin Chibana, performing Matsumura No Passai. I remember practicing this very kata back in March 2012 with Arakaki Sensei - himself a student of Higa...needless to say, the experience was awesome!
What struck me most about these video's is that they've been filmed many years apart and upon watching them, it really struck home how we should all strive for karate to become a complete way of life. These videos have certainly inspired me to carry on exploring karate more deeply and I hope they offer you similar insights.
Indeed, the second video that was taken shortly before Higa Sensei's death shows a fine example of a true martial artist, clearly challenging himself to the very end. I would love to have been there to personally feel the energy, which for me is oozing out of the TV screen...I wonder how many time he had performed that kata during his lifetime?
Anyway - enjoy!
Chris Denwood has been studying martial arts since childhood and specialises in the practical application of karate's traditional principles for civilian self-defence, personal development, life integration and discovery.