Deciding who is the winner and who is the loser is not the ultimate object. Karate-Do is a martial art for the development of character through training, so that the karateka can surmount any obstacle.
Karate-Do is an empty handed art of self-defense in which the arms and legs are systematically trained and enemy attacking by surprise can be controlled by a demonstration of strength like that of using actual weapons.
Karate-Do is exercise through which the karateka master all body movement., such as bending, jumping and balancing, by learning to move limbs and body backward and forward, left and right, up and down, freely and uniformly.
The technique of karate-do are well controlled according to the karateka’s will power and are directed at the target accurately and spontaneously.
The essence of karate technique is kime. The meaning of kime is an explosive attack to target using the appropriate technique and maximum power in the shortest time possible. Long ago, there was the expression ikken hissatshu, meaning “to kill with one blow”, but to assume from this that killing is the objective is dangerous and incorrect. Kime may be accomplished by striking, punching or kicking, but also by blocking. A technique lacking kime can never be regarded as true karate, no matter how great the resemblance to karate.
Sun-dome means to arrest a technique just before contact with the target)one sun, about 3 cm). But not carrying a technique through to kime is not a true karate, so the question is how to reconcile the contradiction between kime and sun dome. The answer is this: establish the target slightly in front of opponent’s vital point. It can be hit in a controlled way with maximum power, without making contact.
Training transforms various parts of the body into weapons to be used freely and effective. To become a victor, one must first overcome his own self.