[I:http://mymartialartsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/AlCase26.jpg]It was Gichin Funakoshi who asked the question: the way, straight and true, who will pass it on? Actually, anybody can have The Way, and it is easily passed on. The key, of course, lies in good, old, hard core physics.
When karate was exported from Japan, it was taught in the old way, memorizing random techniques, and eventually bringing this practice to intuition. Though it works, this is an amazingly inadequate way to teach. The best way to impart the martial arts is through teaching the student a thorough understanding of physics.
Physics is how one measures the fact and actions of the universe. It is not a mystical branch of knowledge, yet, when studied, physics can actually bring one to the understanding of such things as Chi. I should add statement, however, by saying that the subject of Chi leads one to a second set of physics which are above the physics of the physical universe.
The secret of physics is that it represents the universe accurately. There can be no junk science in the martial arts, such as the kind you will see in TV advertising. Junk science is actually the beginning of mysticism…do you really think Smiling Bob is that big?
The key to this can be seen when one does as simple an act as aligning a tire. When an out of alignment tire is spun, it will wobble, and this is out of true. When an aligned tire is spun it will not wobble, and this is in true.
Now you have to ask yourself…what wobbles in your martial arts form? An obvious wobble would be the wrist bending upon impact. Another obvious wobble is when a student steps forward and his buttocks wiggle when he punches, which is just out of alignment and wasting of energy, no matter how good it feels.
The trick of finding out what wobbles in the martial arts can occupy one for a lifetime. One must watch the body, see it in pictures, examine it in a mirror, observe it in technique, have others see it, and make sufficient sense out of the input to de-wobble it. You must do your techniques slowly, plant and push style, searching for the most efficient paths and means of resistance within the body.
Ultimately, the fact of physics will bring one to the true art. And the study of physics on the body level will lead one to a higher level of physics. On this higher level of physics you will find The Path of The True Martial Art.