Archive | December, 2013

2014 – Are You Ready?

29 Dec

Reposted from my Karate-Do Blog,

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As 2014 approaches, I ask you, “Are you ready?”

What do I mean by this question? The answer may be found within the following which is borrowed from one of my favorite myths. (See Endnote # 1)

When Heaven is about to confer
A great office upon a man,
It first exercises his mind with suffering,
And his sinew and bones with toil;
It exposes him to poverty
And confounds his undertakings.
Then it is seen if he is ready.

Happy New Year! I hope you are ready for 2014.

Until the next submission, I remain . . . Ready,


1. The poem is attributed to “Moshi” and is from the preface to: Jennings, William Dale, The Ronin ( Charles E. Tuttle Co, Tokyo, Japan, 1968)

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Seasons Greetings – 2013

8 Dec

Merry Christmas


Happy Chanukah


merry-x-mas fish


My best wishes to you and your families for a joyous Holiday Season,

Sensei John

Sensei John


The first Christmas without Chloe, who always fished with us (she’s in quite a few of our videos too) R.I.P. Little One


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