Craftsmanship

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It was the end of the week and my wife and I were both tired; neither of us felt like making dinner. We’re lucky that there are several restaurants around where we live catering different food: Thai, Italian, French, and Japanese. A new sushi restaurant had opened up a few weeks ago so we decided to order some take-out to eat at home. The owner / chef was Japanese so the odds of it being good were pretty high we thought. So off I went 30 minutes or so after phoning-in the order to pick it up.

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Why do you train?

With Kanzaki sensei
With Kanzaki sensei
I am very fortunate to have good teachers. Teachers who cared about not only my technical competence, but also with providing me with a strong ethical component to my training. For that I am eternally grateful as their patience guided me through the tumultuous periods of adolescence and young adulthood.

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The Dumbing-down of Karate-do

If you’re over 40, like me, then you have the feeling that there’s been a general ” dumbing-down” of Karate-do. That there’s a lack of appreciation for quality Karate-do. You can blame it on whatever you want: ‘kurodee‘, sport Karate, or Karate tourism, or any other asinine activity that labels itself Karate, but the impression remains. (more…)

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There are no shortcuts

Dalai Lama no short cuts
His holiness the Dalai Lama

A lot of people are asking me to tell them the quickest way to enlightenment, and what they really want to know is what is the cheapest way!

Dalai Lama
Shambhala Sun, November 2006

I teach a very small group of students, about five or so. This is virtually identical to how I trained in Japan. From time to time I get phone calls or people dropping by unannounced inquiring about training. Few ever make it on to the actual dojo floor and even fewer last more than a month for those who manage to get on the floor. (more…)

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