November 2008

I know I at least have been interested in throwing and getting thrown for awhile, but that requires mats. Mehran has generously offered to front half the money for them, which means that the rest of us need to pitch in the other half – this tentatively comes to $400. It may seem like a lot, but it’s a very feasible goal if everyone can help out.

[survey added by Mehran]

Please take the following survey.

1. Rick wants another $100 a month if we’re going to be meeting off hours. Is it time to start looking for another location or set up? Vann has already started doing some research on this.

2. I’ll be teaching class on tuesday.

Please talk to me before any more off hours club hours. Rick @ Milo want more money if we meet more often, and I want to make sure we’re on the same page on this one.

I’m a little concerned about the number of people who’ve (not) been showing up to club. More then a little, to be honest.

Ricardo & I provide a facility, instruction, equipment & time: and we do it for free. I’m frankly surprised that I’m not seeing more people take advantage of that.  I don’t know what to make of it.

You have to understand, I love training every bit as much as you do: and when I teach class, I miss out on that. I love getting hit. I love getting pushed. I love the feeling of a perfectly executed, perfectly timed technique snapping of. But I’m willing to give up my own training time, in order to help you get yours.

I’m not only willing to do that, I’m happy to do it: I consider it payback for all the time Ricardo spent training me. But, I’m only willing to do it it’s valued and important to you. As you know, actions speak louder then words, and I’m not seeing a  demonstrations of value.

Ricardo thinks that it has to do with money: that people don’t value what they don’t pay for. I don’t know: I hope that’s not true. But Ricardo’s a lot wiser then I am, and he knows a lot more about human nature then I do.

So maybe.

So here’s where things are for me: I’m probably not going to be coming in for the rest of the year: I just can’t stand it. I think you guys need to decide if you want to be here, and if you want Ricardo & I to train you.  And you need to do it in action, not in words or promises.

Chances are, the next time I walk into a class with less then eight people will probably be one of the last times I walk into that class. And that’s a shame, because I’d like to see this art be carried on: and I’ll be so disappointed if this club dies.

I’ve been lucky enough to train in a lot of different place: some here, some in Europe, some in Asia: and my one consistent observation is that what we do is special. I don’t know why, but no one else is doing the sort of things we’re doing.

you know, you should have seen our guys @ the Bondo tourney a few weeks ago: we basically just mowed through the competition and won first place in every category we competed in.

Dr G, who founded Bondo some 45 years ago and literally helped train Bruce Lee when Bruce was puppy, remembered us because of the way we fought over a decade ago. He pulled Ricardo & I aside and talked to us for about 25 minutes. This is one of the  last great, American instructors: probably on par with O’Sensei. And he came to us: not because we’re friends. Not because we do what he thinks we should do. But because we do what we do so well that we have earned his respect.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt more honored in martial arts. What we do is, in my opinion, very unique, and it’s meant a great deal to me in every facets of my life. Most of you guys know I’m not religious. But if I were, our training hall would be my church, and I would pray to the cadence of punches, kicks, elbows, knees, sweat, and footwork.

I just don’t feel comfortable letting Do Jung Ishu die an inglorious death. I think it’s better to just drop it if no one’s going to show up for training. You guys could stand with anyone in the world, at any time. But you can only do it if you show up and earn it.

So I can’t understand why you don’t show up.

Anyway, that’s all I have to give right now. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys decide.


I’ll be at Milo at noon on Saturday if anyone wants to train. I’ll be focusing on conditioning, but there’s always time to practice hitting stuff properly as well.

On a related note, if people are interested in training on Saturdays (i.e., if people show up), I’d like to get a sparring session together with a kickboxing club from OSU. I’ve trained with them before, and now fought with one of their members in bando, and I think it would be a good experience for everyone.