Picture of Shihan

November 2000

Volume 2 Issue 11

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on               

2.  Precept

3.  Historical Perspectives

"Sight is weak and perception is strong"  or

By the time something is seen, it can be gone,

but a perception of what is to be is way ahead!

Aibudo Kanji

No advancements this month,

but we welcome

John Edington

to our Family.

The Samurai

          Samurai were feudal Japanese warriors who adhered to a code of ethics call bushido.  During the dictatorship of the Tokugawa clan (1600-1867), the samurai were placed in the service of the shogun (military dictators), or stationed in the provinces under the command of various daimyo (territorial lords).  From the humblest foot soldier to the mounted warriors of the upper ranks, they all belonged to the same warrior class (buke), and were known as bushi.  After 1869, they were qualified as former military subjects, but the world at large continued to refer to them by that Chinese name usually translated as "vassal" (samurai).

Excerpted from "The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia"  by:

                            John Corcoran and Emil Farkas with Stuart Sobel 

Funakoshi's #11 Precept

"Karate is like boiling water:  If you do not heat  it constantly, it will cool!"

         We need to remember that the martial arts are meant to be enjoyed as one of the few lifelong activities available to us.  Even though they are over 50, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace continue to stand out because of their determination to "heat" their spirit and practice; meanwhile, millions of practitioners around the world who began when Lewis and Wallace did, "cool" and disappeared because they gave up.  In general, we become bored too quickly.  We need to keep our mind fresh and train constantly.

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

Some unique attributes of Shorin-Ryu

The general rule for breathing in kata, is to breathe in on blocks and out on attacks.

The longest and most difficult kata is  "Kusanku", which consists of sixty moves and requires ten years ot master.

No present day masters know all 19 katas of Matsubayashi Karate-Do (Shorin-Ryu).

"Reading is believing?"

     It never ceases to amaze me, what people will say or put in print to make a dollar, even when it's not true.  I have a "Karate" book, copyrighted in 1960 that makes the following statement on the back cover.  "The principles and step-by-step instruction in this book are so easy to follow, that in 3 short weeks, you will become "a karateman" with super power!  You will be supreme!  You will fear NO MAN OR GIANT!"  Now if that's true, why do we "waste" so much time training in a sweaty, smelly dojo?  They also state, "with a knowledge of Karate, you turn your hands, feet and elbows into powerful weapons instantly!  I don't know what's wrong with modern man in today's world, that it takes us years to develop effective weapons, when in 1960 you could do it in the time it takes to read this book!  And, besides that, you could do it then for $4.95, the cost of the book.  Now you all know that the examples given above are not true, but what does that say about the individuals who wrote that book and had to face actual dedicated martial artist's of the time.  No doubt they didn't, or their instantaneous weapons, would have probably been put to the test.!

An Offense Against Public Order

(Flag Desecration)

Indiana Code 35-45-1-4

Sec. 4.  (a)  A person who knowingly or intentionally mutilates, defaces, burns or tramples any United States flag, standard or ensign, commits flag desecration, a Class A misdemeanor.  )This does not apply, when legally disposing of a worn out flag.)

Indiana Code 35-50-3-2

Sec. 2.  A person who commits a Class A misdemeanor shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than one (1) year; in addition, he may be fined not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000).