Picture of Shihan

April 2001

Volume 3 Issue 4

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on              4.  Answer to the questions are : 

2.  Precept                                                                               1989 and Kenpo

3.  Recent Advancement                     

Sometimes when the opponent "appears" unconquerable, you must be even more patient!

Aibudo Kanji

Funakoshi's #16 Precept


"Whenever you leave home,

envision numerous opponents waiting for you".


          Funakoshi taught that it is our behavior that invites trouble from crooks.  He was as reality conscious as modern teachers like Tony Blauer and wanted everyone to be the same.



          Excerpted from the article by Frank M. Kushner in BlackBelt Magazine, dated December 1999


Mike Bodwell


Advancement to:

4th Kyu Brown

A fact of Chi


Chi can not be shown.  Focusing of Chi can not be shown, because it is within the mind.  What can be shown, though is what the execution of Chi can accomplish.

Within what system?


Brown Belt Pledge:

     3rd Brown:  I pledge that as my skill as a teacher progresses, I will never condemn, ridicule, embarrass or shame any student or fellow instructor in the presence of a class or group.  All grievances or disputes shall be conducted in private away from group observation.


The "Universal Pattern"


Was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands on December 7, 1941.


Teaches how to maneuver so that the opponent unwittingly places himself in a precarious position.


It's American version founder studied himself on film in reverse.


One of the requirements for becoming a black-belt, is to create a new form and write a thesis of one's personal choice.

A system and it's parts:


You've heard about "systems" and we've talked about "systems".  Now, what is a system?  What is/are the most important part(s) to a system?  Is it the number of participants?  Is it the instructor?  Is it the type or size of the participants?  Is it the ideas, philosophies and strategies that are presented?  Is it the location(s) of where the training takes place?  Is it the attitude, as to drive or desire, of each participant?  Is it the promotion of the organization?  What about the accomplishments of the participants at tournaments or where they have been in representing the system?  Is it the camaraderie?  Would pride enter in to this?  Take this list, add your own and come up with your own personal result as to importance to all, one or a few.  Then discuss it with others and I'm sure you will arrive at the proper answer to the question presented.  It's seems simple after that, or does it?

     A unique historical question to ponder is; when did the Soviet Union lift its ban on martial arts practice?  As a hint, it was the same year that, kick-boxing champion, Don Wilson started his film career.  It was also a year after Tae Kwon Do became a demonstration sport in the Olympics.  It was also a year before Ed Parker and Robert Trias passed away.

     Maximum power is accomplished with the elimination or use of unnecessary power when executing a technique.  Power should start at zero, climax to one hundred percent on impact and immediately return to zero.  This is not meant to relax alertness.  This is generally more mental than physical in it's effect. 

                                                  Think about it.