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Seasons Greetings – 2013

4 Dec





Shihan Thomas DeFelice
The Yudansha
Goshin-Do Karate-Do


Hatsu Bon Poem For Shihan Wayne Norlander

18 May

One year ago today, we lost a valued friend, Shihan Wayne Norlander. 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 Shihan Norlander and a fallen comrade you may wish to remember. May Shihan’s spirit find our training and poem worthy.


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, Sensei.


Blowing Winds

9 May

Please accept the within as a respite from the drama of your daily life.

A favorite poem of Shihan Thomas DeFelice.

Winds that blow – 
ask them:
“Which leaf on the tree shall be next?”

Respectfully submitted,



1. The death poem of the Daimyo-poet, Takahama Kyoshi.

Under Construction

27 Mar

This weblog is under construction, please check back in the near future.

Thank-you for your patience.

Under Construction by Shihan DeFelice & Sensei Szmitkowski

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