Fu Gen Jikkou



In every aspect of life we meet people who say “Don’t worry you can count on me. I’ll be there.”  However, when it comes to take action they do not due to a change in their circumstances.

The same situation occurs in the dojo as many students make big statements such as “Sensei, I’m going to be the best student ever. I will train hard and will not miss any classes, just watch me.” Then invariably something gets in the way. Work, family or health issues arise and so the student is unable to keep his promise. I used to believe in all of these promises and it would raise my hopes. Nowadays I am bit more reserved and just wait. I know that people mean well, but I cannot understand why there is this urge to announce that we will take action?

Ones actions are the truest expression of one’s character. In our dojo we encourage people to act rather than just verbally promise. Making a statement is easy, but it can hurt the feelings of others and discourage trust as the promises are broken. Unfortunately in modern society this seems to have become a norm.  For example, a lot of customer service organisations will promise to call you back and sort things out, but it never happens. We have all been there! Karate encourages students to be reliable and trustworthy via the practice of Fu Gen Jikko.


Les Bubka

About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing

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  1. As someone guilty of saying that I will do something, but it never seems to happen, I can possibly offer some insight. (Thankfully, usually when I say that, I say it or write it to myself, so I don’t hurt anybody other than myself.)

    However, I get the feeling that when we say that we’re going to do something, it’s like the thought and the verbal commitment will translate into actual, physical action. It’s a bit like the person who needs to lose weight and exercise, so they buy a gym membership believing that since they paid so much for it, they’ll really go get their money’s worth and use it.

    Yeah, that doesn’t work very well.

    Doing is doing. There is no substitute for action, you’re right about that. In our “we can do so much more so much faster” society (stupid technology), we’re all under the delusion that we have to commit to doing more things and accepting more responsibilities, and we must be failures if we can’t fit another thing into our schedules. So we use excuses and over-commit rather than admit defeat or make the changes necessary to do the thing that actually need doing. And since everybody else does the same thing, we think “they’ll understand.”

    Funny how we always seem to “understand” when we’re doing it, but not when others do it to us. Boy, we’re forgetful creatures.

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