Hatsu Bon For Sensei Nick D’Antuono

13 Sep

Three years ago today, Sensei Nick D’Antuono was taken from us. Today’s training and the following Hatsu Bon Poem are offered to his spirit. Should today’s readers so desire, please join us and perform a kata of your choice in memory of Sensei Nick and a fallen comrade you may wish to remember. May Sensei’s spirit find our training and poem worthy.

Sensei Nick D'Antuono, Sensei John Szmitkowski (as a green belt), Shihan Don Nagle, Circa: 1975

Sensei Nick D’Antuono, Sensei John Szmitkowski (as a green belt), Shihan Don Nagle, Circa: 1975


Please don’t cry before my grave
That’s not where I am
Nor am I sleeping for eternity
I am already part of the breezes
numbering a thousand
I am part of the light
that brightens this world
Like a diamond glittering in the snow
Like the sun that coaxes seeds to sprout
And in the Fall I become the gentle rain
that nurtures all.
When you open the window in the morning
I am the breeze
That causes your hair to flutter;
And at night, I am the star
That watches over your sleep.
So, please . . . don’t cry before my grave
That’s not where I am.
I am not dead.
I have been born anew.

Sincerity in sweat, rest in peace, Sensei.


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3 Responses to “Hatsu Bon For Sensei Nick D’Antuono”

  1. Jim Kingston February 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Thanks for sending me your recent sticker info. I was pleasantly surprised to find this picture with me in the b.g. behind Sensei Nick.

    • defeliceryu February 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the stickers Sensei. It was my honor & privilege to have sent them. As an aside, you and Sensei Jeff Tyne had tested me for the green belt I received the night of that promotion & photo.
      My very best to you.
      – – Sensei John Szmitkowski

    • Don Foote August 18, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Don Foote Jr says hello.

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