Every January we go back and focus on the “roots” of karate. Karate evolved from China and the study of animals. This week we have chosen the worm to focus on. The last five or 10 minutes of class time we talk about how this animal survives in the wild and then we become the animal with body movements. Sensei Barnhart handed out gummy worms on Thursday night just for the fun of it. With a group discussion we realized that worms have no ears or eyes and they sense things like the magnetic connection to the earth. They live in the dark. In the Japanese culture the term worm means the hardest working employee. Even the employees in suits roll up their sleeves and unload the trucks. The worm is a worker or as we use to say “company man”. It’s a cultural thing.