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Charlie Harden

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I can answer general questions on Okinawan karate, Japanese karate, the history of karate and I am well versed on how karate has become corrupted in many countries and why. Much of karate today outside of Okinawa is not an actual martial art as it was developed by the Okinawans, it is a sport, game, kids activity etc. and the content of the training is very different, very corrupted. I am very well versed on the JKA, I am not versed on Tae Kwan Do, Tang Soo Do or the like other than a limited knowledge of their history. If you want honest and frank answers as regards karate as envisioned by the founders, I will be happy to help you as I do not believe any physical activity that describes itself as karate but does not follow the traditions and training methods of Okinawa is karate at all.

Experience in the area

I am a United States Marine and a very long term Karate student. I am a certified Yudansha in two nations and have an extensive background in Japanese karate but a longer focus in Okinawan karate, what it was and is, why it was developed and how it is executed. I am familiar with Okinawan kobudo (weapons). My preference in styles is Goju ryu although I train in ko ryu ho, older combative methods. I do not give my grade as it is simply unimportant, execution from long training is the key, anyone can say they are this or that.

Organizations

Life Member of Nihon Karate Kyokai.

Publications

I have written technical papers on Karate for organizations I belonged to. They were published but remain private to the organizations. In that regard, I am unpublished, but, my intent is to reveal I have done original research and writing.

Education/Credentials

Bachelor of Science University of South Carolina, GPR 3.74/4, Associate of Science Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina, GPR 3.85/4.

Awards and Honors

Award for Excellence (Scholastic) USC. Member of a national honor society.

Past/Present Clients

As I have taught both privately and publicly, my students have been many. I do not feel it responsible to reveal names etc. on this forum.

What do you like about this subject?

My personal interest is in understanding how and why an island people (Okinawa) developed such an effective and brutal martial art. In doing so, I have learned a lot about how others, for various reasons, have corrupted this art and how it has grown to be fraudulent world wide.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would like to expose as many to the truth as is possible for a number of reasons. Some are: I view it as very unfair to another culture to portray an indigenous product of theirs as something that is fraudulent. I know that millions have been sold a bill of goods for the sake of money and/or fame and I find that shameful.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Karate is a vicious, brutal martial art, it can not be executed in tournaments, children should not be involved in the dangerous aspects of it, it should not be taught to the violent yet there is a gentleness and peace fostering element. Karate, in the end and with long, persistent training, will be accomplished mostly by those of character, those challenged by growth and individual effort.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

It is not a sport. Those that want the public to believe it is are ignorant of it largely and have ulterior motives. However, time and persistent corruption have the world viewing karate as many things.

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