Picture of Shihan

January 2001

Volume 3 Issue 1

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on               

2.  Precept

3.  Shihan's Appreciation

Two sides to the story:

Are you worthy of your rank?

Aibudo Kanji

Advancement's this month,

as of 25 December:

Mike Sweet to 4th Kyu Brown

The Chinese Sword


     This double-edged sword is known as the "mother of weapons".  It is said to have been invented by Ch'ih-Yu, who forged his sword from gold found in nearby mountains.  The weapon is believed by some to have supernatural qualities attached to it -- to chase away evil demons, etc.  Use of the sword was traditionally reserved to the upper classes.  It was the emblem of the sage, varying from  1 feet to 3 feet in length.

Excerpted from Bushido, The Soul of Japan, by Inazo Nitobe

Funakoshi's #13 Precept

"Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable points".

          Because Funakoshi was an intelligent and learned man, it is doubtful that he meant this statement to apply only to the physical.  Although it is obviously true within the physical realm, think of how it can apply to "victory" in our life, our career and our family relationships if we learn what is vulnerable in others as well as ourselves.

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

Scarf (Description)

     In Judo, it is the part of the jacket around the neck, often used to "choke out" an opponent.  Choke holds are sometimes called, scarf holds.

A personal thanks to the members of the System for their gift of all gifts this Christmas season.  Although, there is always a doubt of your worthiness, the thought and radiated faith in my ability is very much appreciated.  Living up to the occasion is another thing, of which I will have to work very hard to match.


The advancement test. 

What truly is it for?

     Is it to demonstrate what you have learned in the past required time or does it have another specific purpose?  If you're not sure, then why is testing necessary at all?  Discuss it amongst yourselves and give me you're result.  Would you truly rather that the testing be eliminated?  If it was, what would you lose?

A year never to be forgotten by the martial arts!


     This was the year that the Ching Edict drove Kung-Fu underground, where it propagated secretly from generation to generation.

Thank goodness for their courage and perseverance!