HDKI – It’s all in the name.
15th March 2017
I was thrust into unknown territories. Unexpectantly expelled from the WTKO, I had no plan, no contingency, no real idea of what to do next. The only obvious choice was that I now needed to build my own community… That was what I did, set about deciding what future I wanted to build for myself and those who chose to join me on the journey. This became the HDKI.
Like IBM, Scuba or Laser (International Business Machines, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, light amplification by stimulating emissions of radiation), acronyms tend to take on a life of their own. Nihon Karate Kyokai is a bit of a mouthful, but JKA slips off the tongue quite easily. However, when deciding the name of our group I wanted to avoid loaded, generic titles that would end up becoming meaningless. I also wanted to avoid obscure, Japanese names that few would recognise. Furthermore, we needed to avoid the historic hierarchical systems that are commonplace in most groups. Whether JKA, JKS or SKIF, there is always a Hombu Dojo, a centre of excellence that is somehow apart from those below. I felt we could take what was taught in my dojo and make is accessible and achievable for all. I needed to have, within our name, the idea that we have a flat structure, with leaders amongst equals. I wanted to take what we have achieved in Dublin and export it wholesale to all who wish to avail of it. Therefore, when choosing a name, I knew we could take the Karate, that was taught in the Hombu Dojo, internationally. HDKI was born.