I'll put this out here as a general question:
What are the core principles of your art, or style? (What are the elements that make-up what you do?)
I was rereading Funakoshi's To-de Jutsu book the other day, and enjoyed the aspect of how he was outlining the organization of karate in terms of the actual technical and physical how-to. He outlines making a fist, and impact points on the hand when hitting, etc. The gold section for me was when it gets into his description of all the hand techniques, and then the foot techniques. It is a simple list description, but it is interesting to see that almost the entire list is talking about principles of how to use the techniques themselves, and not this is how to move your arm in a block, etc. Take the hooking block for example- you can use almost any physical block to do this, but the important part for him was using it in such a way as to hook onto your opponent. Pulling and twisting with the non-hitting hand is also described. It got me thinking- if I were to make a list like this for everything that I now do as part of my personal karate, what would be on that list of principles?
Combining this with the 20-precepts of training and strategy and his Dojo-kun philosophy, and you can see a much different karate begin to emerge than just the physical blocking and hitting stuff so often described as the totality of what karate is. This side of the art is just as important as the physical side of things, so what are your thoughts along these lines when you think of your personal ethos that couples with your underlying physical methods or principals? Do you have a strong personal strategy or ideas that could form into your own precepts of what the physical training needs to have included with it?
I think this could be a really interesting topic, especially if we keep it personal. We don't need this is what Shotokan is and that is the style I train in, etc... what we want is you, personally. Your own style and methods. Have Fun.