For a number of years Charlie Wildish was frustrated with the way that martial were being taught as they had been dumbed down compared to how they were originally taught. This dumbing down was made worse during their transfer to the West due to language barriers and our Eastern masters not wanting us to know as much as they do. In the main, we ended up with a sporting “shell” of the real martial arts!
Much later is some instances (not all), further dumbing down occurred (and more “flash” added) to make it easier to teach large numbers. These are nick-named McDojo’s (as in McDonald’s – mass produced and low quality).
So Charlie began to train further afield and sought out instructors who thought outside the box and taught a more practically applied version of Karate. He also trained for a while in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Tai Chi, which ironically led to deeper understanding of his Karate.
He attended special courses/seminars with world leading authorities on conflict management and the psychological factors of confrontation.
Separate to his martial arts study he developed a keen interest in self development and how the mind works. Although he did not do for his Karate, he was able to see how an understanding of how the mind works has direct implications for self defence!
Many Chinese martial arts are connected with Buddhism or Taoism, whilst Japanese martial arts are often connected with Zen. This is because the old masters saw a link between personal development and development as a martial artist.
Eventually he brought all these aspects together and created Holistic Karate. It’s not a new style or system, it’s just a more complete, realistic and authentic approach to training martial arts in today’s world.