It has been a long time since last posting. I had a great summer and busy travel schedule since the All American Open. Many countries hosted their annual IKO Summer Camps so I was able to meet and train with thousands of Kyokushin members around the world in places such as Sochi, Russia, Lublin, Poland, Yazd, Iran, and Los Angeles, USA.
In August, KKNY held our annual Karate Kids Summer Day Camp and from September I’ve been teaching daily at New York & New Jersey Dojos. Also last month, we started new Dojo location in Rye, NY.
This fall, the IKO Kyokushinkaikan will host the first of the major selection events for possible contenders to the 11th World Open Karate Tournament in 2015: The 2014 All Japan Open. Many young up and coming fighters in local and regional areas of Japan have been training hard to try and garner a spot on their national team. We in North America also should be working hard towards next year’s selection events. The first of which in the USA will be the US Weight Category Karate Championships on January 25, 2015. KKNY students looking to compete in LA, must participate in KKNY’s Goodwill Tournament here in NY Nov 16 ~ Good luck everybody, Osu!
On Sept 21, we conducted the 2014 Autumn Promotion Examination and it was great to see the students’ improvements. Some people do have to retest, but they still tried their best, and at least now they know where their weaknesses and strengths are.
One of Sosai Oyama’s ‘Eleven Mottoes’ states that… “The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized through experience; Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.”
I often hear students say, “I am not ready test, maybe next time” or, “I’m not ready to compete yet, maybe when I get stronger”. When you approach things with a lot of “maybe’s”, you end up postponing your life, or leaving it up to chance instead of taking charge of it.
Kancho Matsui related many stories to me about Sosai. Whenever Sosai asked, or rather, demanded, for Kancho to do something, Kancho always answered “OSU!” Often, whether or not you can do something is not a matter of your state of current readiness, but your current state of willingness, plus determination and conviction to get it done. Once you set a goal, you must work on it day by day. This concept applies not only to Kyokushin training, but to your life. Do not be afraid to try! Your job, your relationships, starting something totally new to you. If you do not try things, nothing will ever happen to you. We have only one life. Let’s use it well.