When I sit here trying to think of an interesting way to start a blog for this site it is very difficult. The fact of the matter is that the personal blog aspects that WordPress utilize for people to show their creativity were in fact, not the purpose of what this WordPress set out to achieve.
Putting together this site (albeit it very new and a working project) was for me to try and create a complete reference guide for Shotokan karate, a complete reference utilising every part of what it had to offer using personal pictures and sourced videos and texts from across the entire web. I wanted something that anybody from beginner to black belt could look up on the site and go right! I understand now and it makes sense.
The fact of the matter is trying to source information and the ability to film your own can be tricky. If it’s sourced then are their copyright implications? Are these offset with disclaimers and credits to the correct people? I don’t know. When recording my own material with the equipment i have to hand ,does it make for good enough demonstration to be of benefit to you the viewer compared with other “multi camera” sequences that can be found?
These questions have delayed somewhat the construction of this site. For if it isn’t fit for purpose then what is the point of it at all?
One thing I can offer whilst I ponder that question are my experiences and how the main sport I took up has helped me grow as a person over the years. I do not claim to be an expert, I do not claim to be the best, but what I can try to offer are a few words that may mean something to you, something that you might relate to. If I end up offering comfort in a few words on a webpage to one person then this will make it all the worthwhile.
I started karate when I was 7 and what seems like an eternity. Funny, how the 22 years have passed since my very first lesson, but nowadays every year seems to fly by faster than I can catch my breath. My interest came about after hearing of another boy doing it in my class when I was 6 years old. At the time he was the fastest runner and the most popular boy in the infant school. I wanted to be like him and so I asked my parents if I could start too. At that time we were in a transitional period of moving house, so I was promised that once we had moved they would take me.
It’s amazing to think back at the things I can remember so vividly when I was so small and now I struggle to tell you what happened last week. Back all those years ago I do remember that this popular lad used to pick on me, bully me if you like; something that would go on through my whole school years up to the age of 16. He set the standard for what I was to endure for the next 10 years of adolescence. I often used to think back years later about my resentment to that boy for how he treated me, smashing up my Mechano car that I’d spent so long making, the hurt and pain it caused. Silly things really when you think about it, but at the time at that young age it seemed so much more. In contrast though, its amusing now I think about it writing this that the person in question probably did the best thing he ever could for me. Asking my parents to take me to karate and follow the “cool kid’s” lead would majorly shape my life to what it is today.