As we all know, you need to master both the pen and the sword to be a true master of the art of Karate. In Japanese they call this “Bun Bu Ryo Do”. Well, I thought we should get some exercise in the art of “Bun” today (the pen), so I drew a little for you.
Below you will see ten pictures illustrating various Karate (and Kobudo) related situations. But what does the picture show, exactly? Your job is to look at the picture carefully, and then come up with an answer.
The real answer (to every picture) is found under the picture.
Don’t look at the answers before you have guessed! That’s cheating, and we all know there are no shortcuts to mastering “Bun Bu Ryo Do”.
Let’s start with the easiest one.
So, what’s this?
The last thing you see before a Bo-master decides to end your misery.
Okay, that was not that hard, right? Good, so let’s go to number two.
This would be your smile after the previous Bo-master is done with you.
Now prepare for some harder stuff!
Two Karate masters (wearing straw hats) fighting to the death (seen from above).
A Karate master (wearing a straw hat) standing on the shoulders of another Karate master (also wearing a strawh at), ready to deliver the killing blow. Seen from above
A Karate master (wearing a straw hat) who lost a fight to the death against another Karate master (who also wore a straw hat). Seen from above.
A well-used makiwara
The knuckles of the owner of the well-used makiwara.
A black belt (after 30 years of daily training).
A white belt (after 30 years of daily training in a coal mine).
The lungs of somebody who has been training Karate daily in a coal mine (for 30 years).
Well, that’s it!
How did you do? Quite easy, right? I’ll just have to make it harder the next time… “Bun Bu Ryo Do” – The pen and the sword – Now you’re one step closer to perfection.
However… I don’t really think this was what the old masters had in mind.