Garyu

Kyokushin Karate Kata, Garyu

臥竜  Garyu

Garyu means reclining dragon, from the characters Ga (lie prostrate) and Ryū (dragon).  In Japanese philosophy, a great man who remains in obscurity is called a Garyu.  A dragon is all-powerful, but a reclining dragon chooses not to display his power until it is needed.  Likewise, a true karateka does not brag about or show off his abilities.  He never forgets the true virtue of humility.

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