I’m an adult now and in university, and I’m seeing more and more how my training has been preparing me for the real world. Convenience never makes survivors. And that is the goal of learning classical martial arts, to refine yourself—body, mind, spirit.
The history of Goju Ryu is indeed complex, and it appears as though the art becomes changed (whether for better or worse, based on any number of measures) over time as it is passed down. This was my first hint at the link to biological evolution.
In Okinawa, there were three basic styles of martial arts named after the towns they were developed in: Naha-te, Shuri-te and Tomari-te. Goju-ryu ultimately developed from Naha-te. These styles developed in Okinawa in the 19th century from the Fujian province in southern China.
The history of the exact style of Goju Ryu karate-do we train in CMAC is complex. Ultimately, its roots are from Chinese styles of martial arts which have been refined and tested in battle for thousands of years.
How many of us have gotten so comfortable holding on to our rock that we’re too scared to let go and experience the broader world around us? What more might we experience as a result of doing so? The possibilities are endless.