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Problems Solved

15 Aug

From the verbal traditions of the Dojo, a martial myth,

There was once a monk who would carry a mirror where ever he went. A priest noticed this one day and thought to himself,  “This monk must be so preoccupied with the way he looks that he has to carry that mirror all the time. He should not worry about the way he looks on the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts.” 

So the priest went up to the monk and asked “Why do you always carry that mirror?” thinking for sure this would prove his guilt.

The monk pulled the mirror from his bag and pointed it at the priest. Then he said “I use it in times of trouble. I look into it and it shows me the source of my problems as well as the solution to my problems.”

Respectfully submitted

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Sensei John Szmitkowski

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About This Weblog

1 Apr

It is my honor and privilege to acquaint you with this weblog which showcases not only Goshin-Do Karate-Do history, lineage and Kata, but also the unique insights of Shihan Thomas DeFelice, Ku-dan, Karate-Do No Hanshi.

Filled with heretofore unseen, and thus secretive, documents and archival memoranda, this weblog is a “must-view” for any Karate-Ka and particularly those with roots to the Goshin-Do/Goshin-ryu genre.

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Here is a brief synopsis of the above page tabs:

  • Lineage Of DeFelice-Ryu: This page provides a narrative timeline with historic and heretofore never-before-seen documents that trace the earliest days of the Goshin-Do Karate-Do Kyokai of Shihan Frank Van Lenten and the Goshin-Do Karate-Do style through today wherein the integrity of the style rests with Shihan Thomas DeFelice (referred to as Goshin-Do Karate DeFelice-ryu, or “Self-defense empty hand way, DeFelice style” by his students);
  • Kata Curriculum: This page uses rare archival documentation from Shihan Van Lenten to trace the Kata Curriculum, as it developed over the decades and sets forth the curriculum that as been codified into the Goshin-Do Karate-Do style by Shihan DeFelice;
  • Yudansha Roster: This page provides the official roster of the Yudansha of Goshin-Do Karate-Do as codified by Shihan DeFelice;
  • In Memorium: This page remembers the departed yudansha of Goshin-Do Karate DeFelice-Ryu.

I hope you enjoy this historic journey through the decades of Goshin-Do Karate-Do.

Hanko-GDK-DEF-R

Sensei John Szmitkowski

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