Greetings to all,
It’s been to0 long since my last blog update. I sincerely apologize. Though my previous blog from 2004 – 2009 my entries were much more regularly than now. Unfortunately I haven’t been back to Japan since 2012. My last promotion actually. Never would I have thought that I would receive a menkyo (license) Judan (10th dan). My heart will always be grateful to Masaaki Hatsumi. His unyielding patience with many of us westerners is / had been unparalleled. Since 2012 so much has happen and so many experiences. I’m still practicing budo taijutsu. However prior before my last trip to Japan, I moved to Hungary, while being married. The last four years has been filled with opportunities and many unexpected setbacks. One can say I guess maturity has finally caught up. LOL Maybe I caught up! Last year I decided to consolidate some of my daily tasks. Such by narrowing down whats important and focusing on doing less. Concentrating on doing small things with much more focus and incentive than multi-tasking with little to no results. Moderating a few websites, social media and teaching took a toll and prevented financial freedom. Since my return back Stateside, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many people who lacks financial independence and lives are regulated as well. A expensive lesson to learn!
I believe to reach the level of shihan (master teacher) and be responsible takes more than skill. Takes experience, sacrifice and patience with oneself. Life will confront you with challenges and lessons. It’s up to you, and what you learned during your process that would determine how you come out from the other end.