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"If you don't have this terrific book in your Karate library, you are missing some very, very good stuff! This Collector's Edition is a great reference book for students and teachers alike, as well as a great way to find out more about the author, from the author himself." James Price, Hanshi (webmaster, AmericanGoju.com)
Excerpts from Chapter One: Confessions of a Tenth Dan
I, the author, confess that Karate is my way of life: and as a Sensei, I confess that I have learned more from my students than they have learned from books.
I, the American, acknowledge that I am the first "Made in America" tenth Dan professional Sensei in the history of karate. I am proud to be me!
Excerpts from Chapter Three: The fifty Perspectives of the Martial Arts Mind
01) Karate people (the really good ones) are respected because they are schooled in fighting with or without weaponry.
19) I like to define "hope' as knowing things in advance without confirmation.
21) Sometimes pain is the very best medicine!
46) Students will never know what "good" means until they have the experience of being wiped out by a true master fighter.
Excerpts from Chapter Six: Masters Class - From Shihan to Sensei. Fifty Admonitions for the Teachers of the Martial Arts.
06) A real dojo and a real church have a lot in common. They are both alive with "chi" (spirit).
08) Teach your students that "work" makes them free, but "overtime" makes them "rich".
12) Never permit your students (or yourself) the luxury of letting anything slide.
Excerpts from Chapter Nine: Urban's Zen, A Sampling of Questions for Maestro Urban
Q-28. How can a Karate Sensei best influence his or her students positively?
A-28. By living the Karatedo, not just teaching it. Example is a wonderful teacher; so is pain. It is fortunate for karate students that the mind forgets pain at a greater rate that it remembers pleasure.
Q-43. Were things tough when you, yourself, trained under Sensei Yamaguchi in Japan?
A-43. Sensei Yamaguchi had signs on the dojo wall which warned that there should be no bleeding on the floor; he did not like students bleeding on the floor or on the makiwara (striking post). the fighting was hard; it was common to see blood and teeth on the dojo floor every night...two times while I was there, a kick in the head and a kick in the belly caused deaths. There was no shock from the rest of us. We were expected to keep fighting and we did, as if nothing had happened.
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