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Awareness as Self-Defense

One of the reasons many are interested in learning Karate is to learn self-defense. The techniques of Karate can certainly be effective for self-defense if learnt and trained properly and regularly. However, self-defense can and should be practiced constantly in even the smallest and seemingly matters.

# 16 of the Shoto Niju-Kun is Danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari - Be aware at all times you are surrounded by millions of potential opponents. While at first this may sound like extreme paranoia, these "opponents" can be many that we sometimes may overlook and/or not even consider "opponents." Some may be actual situations that may have no physical form.

Yoi (ready- mentally a