Aibudo Kanji
Picture of Shihan

May  2000

Volume 2 Issue 5

Golay Center Aibudo Dojo Closes


     Dedication to anything is difficult, unless it becomes a habit.  Cigarettes, is an excellent example.  They become something that you believe you just have to have.  The martial arts to some becomes a dedicated entity, because the participation becomes a habit, when performed on a regular basis.  Without a regular routine of training, it is easy to drift away, but just as with cigarettes, even after quitting for several years, the yearning still seems to exist.  The decision, though, has to be made as to whether the entity is good or bad for your well being.  Cigarettes should not become a way of life, whereas the martial arts most definitely should be.  Tasks to be performed in our everyday lives, should be just that and not detract from the way of life that the martial arts provide.  Trimming of a shrub and mowing the grass is something that needs to be done, but can be performed on a irregular basis.  The martial arts on the other hand can not be done, whenever!  If whenever is the schedule that you wish to set, then it is time to discontinue training in something that you no longer desire or feel that you need.  It will become a waste of time, for you and everyone that you "touch" within the "family".  Better to move on to a "better" dedication!

Historical Note:

     William Dometrich was born in 1935 and became an American karate instructor and pioneer.  He started his training in Japan in 1951.  Mr. Dometrich was a student of Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, who was the founder of Chito-Ryu karate.  His early promotions were under Chitose and Gichin Funakoshi.  After acquiring his kyoshi (teacher grade) he returned to Covington Kentucky in 1954.  At the latest historical note that I have, he was the highest ranking non-Japanese in the Chito-Ryu style.

Funakoshi's #5 Precept

Spirit First, Technique Second:
Without the 'spiritual" component of karate, the modern budoka--just like his Funakoshi-era counterpart-- is merely doing an aerobic exercise.  Whether it is a kata (form), a kickboxing match or an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout, it must be done with heart, soul and spirit. Otherwise, grave injury can result.

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

The midpoint in the development of Wing Chun

According to semi-legendary accounts, wing chun originated in the early 1700's at the Shaolin temple in Honan Province.  At that time in Chinese history, the Shaolin temple with it's long established tradition of martial arts training had become a sanctuary for dissidents, revolutionaries and secret societies  dedicated to the over-throw of the Manchu dynasty. 
The elders met regularly and engaged in lengthy discussions during which each elder revealed his or her most secret fighting techniques.  Soon the elders became so encouraged by the progress of these discussions that they renamed the martial arts training room in which they met
Wing Chun Hall, or Forever Springtime Hall.  The words "wing chun" expressed their hopes for a renaissance in Shaolin martial arts instruction, as well as a more effective weapon in their struggle against the Manchu's. 

Next month, I'll continue the history through Ng Mui and how her system became known as Wing Chun.

  • Did you know? --

The Kodokan Joshi-Bu is the women's section of the famed Kodokan.  It was formally opened in November 1926 by Professor Jigoro Kano.

.It is said that:

     Full mastery of the Shaolin martial arts required approximately 18 years to accomplish.

     This may seem like an awfully long time, but as time goes on, it appears that this is probably the medium time for most martial arts to become "fully mastered", if that's even possible.   It appears that full mastery is really not possible, as we all become better, now matter how small the improvements, as time goes on and on and on and on and………….

This  Issue...

1.  For your information            4.  Advancements
2.   Point of Strategy                  5.  Instructor's Note
3.  Historical Perspectives       6.  Food for thought