Snow Haiku 2016
Running through the woods,
past the snow laden pine boughs
and the ice-laced brush.
Following my trip to Gasshuku and my sandan promotion exam I spent two days visiting with my old friend, the painter Curtis Hanson and his wife Onwarin. It was an excellent visit, very relaxing. Curt has made a name and a life for himself in the small, scattered communities of the Connecticut greenbelt, and currently divides his time there with extended visits to Thailand, Onwarin’s native home. His work reflects his split loyalties, with half of the paintings depicting the lush grounds of his Cornubia Hollow home, and half showing the monks, fishing boats and markets of Thailand. (more…)
I’ve recently returned from a weekend on the East Coast. The occasion for my travel was the Annual World Seido Karate Gasshuku, held at the Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus New York. It was also the site of a special promotion for out of town black belt candidates. I was traveling with my instructor, Jun Shihan Tom Tanaka, and two other candidates for shodan (first degree black belt) promotion, Becca Taylor and Jack Foy. I was promoting to sandan, or third degree black belt.
We took the redeye from Seattle to Newark, rented a car and drove the two hours to Esopus. Upon arriving at the center we had a brief orientation, followed by a long workout. The promotion candidates were then separated out for about three hours of formal testing, followed by an hour plus of non-stop kumite. The kumite was very lively, and I fought both promotion candidates and other black belts that were there to assist with exams. As if on cue, for the last and longest fight the sky opened up and it poured rain and thunder on everyone. (more…)
by Jean-Paul Bourelly, from ‘Tribute to Jimi’
It’s the Fourth of July, a good day to reflect on how tenuous our democracy is, under siege by corporate interests and ideological zealots. I hope the dream that launched our Independence continues to bear fruit in the Real World.