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Shoshin (初心)

Shoshin (初心) The first kanji character, , is begin. The second kanji, , means heart (mind). When two characters are combined, it is literally translated as “beginner’s heart” or generally translated as “beginner’s mind.” This refers to the kind of attitude that you probably had when you first started martial arts. You were excited and eager to learn. This is the mind that you should have, even when you get to the point of learning advanced karate and martial arts.

The concept of shoshin refers to the attitude of approaching life with openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions of how to do your techniques, similar to that of a beginner.

The shoshin mindset encourages individuals to cultivate a fresh, receptive outlook, free from the constraints of expertise or past experiences.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you already know everything that you need to know. Maintain a beginner’s mind (shoshin), even when you get to the higher levels of your martial art. The person who thinks that he or she already knows everything is not open to learning anything. Maintain shoshin when you are training with others, and continue to learn from everyone you meet.

In essence, shoshin promotes a willingness to learn, explore, and embrace new ideas with a sense of curiosity. It involves letting go of assumptions and the belief that one already knows everything, fostering a humility that allows for continuous growth and development. By adopting a shoshin mindset, individuals can remain open-minded, adaptable, and more resilient in the face of challenges as they approach each situation as an opportunity to learn and discover. This mindset is not limited to Karate or any specific activities but can be applied to various aspects of life, encouraging a lifelong journey of self-discovery and improvement.