DAN DATA REQUEST
ìI am trying to complete the database on the Kojosho Black Belts and would like to request some help. If you received any Dan degree before 1984, could you please send me the degrees and dates to include? Month and year is all Iím looking for at this point. If you remember who was promoted along with you and to what degree, please send that, too. I appreciate any and all help!î
You can send the info via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail-mail it to:
PO Box 44242
Rio Rancho, NM 87174.
AH HA !!
The solution was staring her in the face for years, but she didnít see it. Psychologists call this "inattention blindness" - instances when we donít see something because it's not what we are expecting to see - itís not what we are looking for. Sherlock Holmes had a somewhat different description. "I have trained myself to notice what I see," Holmes says. Arthur Conan Doyle, himself a physician, imbued his character with the kind of keen observational skills so essential to a good physician (or a good martial artist). This ability consists of casting a wide net to see the whole pictureóeven when the problem seems to be commonplace.
Adapted from "Diagnosis" by Lisa Sanders
No, not "To Be Determined". Not this time. This time TBD stands for something much more vital, something much more martial: THERE BE DRAGONS!
The Kojosho student has a special reason to give careful consideration to this cryptic abbreviation.İ Of course everyone knows that dragons are mythical creatures that fly and breath fire and do all sorts of unbelievable things.İ There is simply no chance that you would ever come face to face with a real dragon. You have lots of other more important things to worry about. Dragons? Bah! How íbout some advice you can really use.
BE EVER VIGILENT FOR THE DRAGONS!
The unexpected, the unforeseen, the unpredictable, the unscripted, the unthinkable, the accidental, the randomóthose are the real dragons.İ Ignore them at your peril.İ Many a fallen warrior would shout a warning if she couldó
WHEN YOU STOP WATCHING FOR DRAGONS,
NOTHING IS GOING TO SAVE YOU.
Why? To quote an old Japanese proverb: "An inch ahead is darkness". Recognizing the inherent unpredictability of combat (and life) the darkness that's just aheadóshould make us very wary. But it can also make us very smart.
Every one of the Kojosho animals is unpredictable in some way or another, but the Dragon combines the highly unlikely with the seemingly impossible. If you examine the Kojosho Dragon form carefully, youíll discover both startling strategy & stunning technique.
How does the Deer deal with such a gifted challenger, one that can fly and breathe fire?İ The Deer isnít paranoid, but it is very wary. The Deer isnít obsessive, but it is very observant.İ The Deer makes no assumptions, but it always plays the chess game two moves ahead.
If your Dragon form has become boringly predictable, and your Deer form has become passively reactive, then your serious study has yet to begin. GV
It does not do
to leave a live Dragon out of your calculations,
If you live near him.
The Hobbit J.R.R.Tolkien