Shihan Harry G. Smith
Class of 1956
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There are many openings and clichés that I could use to open this letter but I feel it is just best to get to the point, attempt to clear up any misunderstandings and some way save that part of Isshinryu that is gone or almost will be gone. There may be some dojo out there that teach Zazen but I doubt it.
The first question that will come up is why you have
to purchase the Sanchin packet, an easily answered question. In all
likelihood we will have only one day to set forth a proper seminar and still
find time to promote and accept membership into Guardian Karate Association,
unless attendance and economics allow a second day.
The book: Contains
important information needed to follow the gist of the seminar without me
having to take valuable time to explain something that is already in the
book as well as valuable training methods, history and the study of four of
the 8 koan included in Isshinryu. Also contained is pictorial teaching of
Sanchin kata as it was taught in 1956.
I will be teaching Sanchin, Seisan, Seiunchin and Naihanchi. I will not attempt to change your method of performing these kata as you do now and will not change anything your Sensei taught you. I personally think it is an insult to your sensei to have a stranger come in and teach kata that your own sensei already took the time to teach you.
Only those students who have accidentally have this state of mind imposed upon them when performing kata or kumite will understand the great benefits of Zazen or Zen breathing methods. Your opponent actually appears to be moving in slow motion while you perform at your normal rate of action.
When attending this seminar have with you proof of your existing rank and a head and shoulders photo in gi. I will be using guidelines set forth by my Sensei, Tatsuo Shimabukuro to certify and or award advancement in rank.
If, in the event any person, Sempai or kohai wants to join Guardian Karate Association go to http://www.shimabuku.com/gka.html at www.shimabuku.com and you will read everything about Guardian, download applications and you will be able to gain a lifetime membership with Guardian and your rank diploma will be issued upon approval.
Harry G. Smith
This maybe your last chance to study directly with a first generation student of Tatsuo Shimabukuro
Copyright © 2007 Harry G. Smith