ウムイリ
Umuiri
Inner beauty

 

Umuiri … is difficult to translate directly; perhaps the best way is “inner beauty.” It’s used to describe a karateka who has so thoroughly integrated the movements of the form that his own, distinctive personality begins to emerge in it. According to the old masters, this is when the true “art” of karate becomes evident. If a person is cruel, self-centered or malicious, he can still perfect the physical techniques of karate. But what will eventually surface in the performance of his kata will be those flaws. Only if he is a good and worthwhile person at the center of his being will umuiri reveal itself.

Dave Lowry