“When I was a kid I was really shy. Even being an athlete competing at a good level in local swimming tournaments, I couldn’t look into the eyes of another person. I felt very relaxed in the water because I didn’t have to talk to anyone (laughs). I guess in a sense I never liked catching attention, probably because of my shyness. When I entered college there were many promotions from martial art clubs to attract students of 1st year. I had no idea what was karate but I was extremely impressed by their training. At that time I felt physically strong for my swimming training but I wanted to gain more confidence. Karate People seemed very strong and confident so I enrolled in Karate.”
Interview with Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi was taken from the ISKF Edmonton webpage. Like some of us, he, too, couldn’t look into the eyes of another person. Like us, he, too, wanted to gain more confidence. Read the short article about Sensei’s humble introduction to karate and his transition into a leadership role.
In our opinion, Sensei Yaguchi always displays his most sincere desire to develop karate and to follow the example of his mentor and friend, Shihan Teruyuki Okazaki, in living the true karate spirit.
We say the dojo kun (creed) at the end of each training. It explains why we train: SEEK PERFECTION of character; Be FAITHFUL; ENDEAVOR; RESPECT Others; REFRAIN from VIOLENT behavior. Click <<< here>>> to link to the ISKF’s explanation of the dojo kun. Master Gichin Funakoshi believed that it should be a guide to everyday life. The WWSKC (our regional headquarters) website has the audio of Sensei Hiro Okazaki reciting the dojo kun in Japanese. Here is a link to that <<<audio>>>. Practice!
The Napa Parks & Rec and ASK of Napa will be hosting a Self Defense class for Girl Scouts on Saturday, March 22, 2014. We are delighted to have this opportunity to help a few girls learn how “Discipline”, Self-confidence” and “Staying Alert (and safe)” can go a long way for self defense. Pictures of the event will be posted on our Facebook page.