"I always feel the waves of the Pacific Ocean behind me and flowers in front of my gaze.
I was born on a small island on the south side of Tokyo called Hachijojima. Every year, typhoons attack the island. The sound of the waves were my sleeping drums.
The island of Hachijojima was a heavily criminal island, especially for corrupt politicians who could not escape because of the strong powerful waves and currents - "Kuroshio" (The "Black Current" also known as the "Japan Cur...rent").
The island was also covered with beautiful flowers. Flowers everywhere. Everything in front of me is flowers. Whenever I encounter someone, whether the person is a friend or foe, I see flowers. I see if I should give him or her water, I see if I should cultivate the person, help the person grow, or should I cut ties with the flower. The person could be my enemy or my loved one, whomever they are, I see them as a beautiful flower first.
This is the reason behind why I love to paint waves and flowers."
When a person trains two or three times a week, one's body and spirit benefit.
Training in the form of karate reflects the union with those who trained long ago. Subsequently, the person benefits from the previous karateka training and meditation.
In essence, those in the past help the person who trains in karate now. In the same fashion, the current karateka help prepare those in the future who will start karate training.
Thus, the study of karate-do becomes eternal. In the refinement of karate-do no, the student intensifies the link between the past, present, and future of this ancient martial art.
A person helps someone in the twenty-second century by training now in karate-do.
Karate will intensify in importance to many people. Its spirit and scientific principles will be a great asset in the approaching centuries. I, as a Kancho, will teach those who are not born yet So, in a sense, I subtly teach the unborn.
by: Kancho T. Okuyama