Long long ago I was a very serious karate student. I walked into my very first karate lesson back in 1991. It was a university club in Edmonton, Alberta. The teacher was very strict and very good. I was terribly out of shape. After the first gruelling lesson I found myself in the emergency ward at the hospital that same night because I couldn’t feel my right arm. I had hyperextended and damaged something inside.

But I was hooked. I went back, even though I was injured. And I trained in karate that whole year and then moved to Japan. In 1992 I started training in karate seriously, and did that non-stop for the couple of decades. I loved it. I still love it. I was both student and instructor along the way. I’m retired now, but that is only because I need to use the brain and body I got through karate to put it to work in our company. I would love to go back, but maybe I can do that after I retire.

Anyway, for those of you who are interested in both karate and Shorinji-Kempo, I want to share this video with you. It features, the great Naka-Sensei, who I actually met a couple times when I lived in Ishikawa-ken. He said to me during both training sessions, “Sheesh Mark, you are really stiff. You gotta work on that.”

Yeah. I know. Thanks.  Ok, check this out!:

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