Karate is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. It is a martial art and a way of life that trains a practitioner to be peaceful; but if conflict is unavoidable, true karate dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow. Such an action requires strength, speed, focus and control. But these physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself. True karate is based on Bushido. In true karate, the body, mind and spirit, the whole person must be developed simultaneously.
The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. Think of union occurring between the mind, body and spirit or a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body mind, and spirit. This art of right living was perfected and practiced thousands of years ago but, since yoga deals with universal truths, its teachings are as valid today as they were in ancient times. Yoga is a practical aid; not a religion. Yoga is union with all. What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word "asana" which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is involved, yoga is about creating balance in the body by developing strength and flexibility.