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Howard Popkin 10-24-2010 10:46 AM

from Howard Popkin
 
To Whom it May Concern,

As of 10/21/2010, I have resigned my position as Representative for the Daitoryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai.

We wish Okamoto Sensei nothing but health and happiness for the future. We thank Sensei for the wonderful years of training and his tireless dedication to his art.

The Popkin-Brogna Self Defense Center will continue to train as we always have, but we will not call our art Roppokai and we are no longer associated with the Roppokai organization in any way.

Thank you,

Howard Popkin
Popkin-Brogna Self Defense Center

Thomas Campbell 10-24-2010 04:23 PM

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That is a big decision. Best wishes for successful training and teaching in whatever new directions you follow, Howard.

Demetrio Cereijo 10-24-2010 04:55 PM

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What Thomas said.

Howard Popkin 10-24-2010 06:33 PM

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Thanks guys,

It was very rough considering how much I love Okamoto Sensei and how much he has taught me.

But it was the right thing to do.

Thanks again !

Howard

phitruong 10-25-2010 10:48 AM

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wow! i can only imagine how tough that decision was for you. i would not want to be in your shoes.

besides that, can i put in a bid for the name of your art? we can discuss it over beer and southern BBQ whenever you in town. :)

Howard Popkin 10-25-2010 01:36 PM

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Thanks Phi !

Hope to see you soon !

Howie

Erick Mead 10-25-2010 02:35 PM

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Quote:

Howard Popkin wrote: (Post 266921)
Thanks guys,

It was very rough considering how much I love Okamoto Sensei and how much he has taught me.

But it was the right thing to do.

Thanks again !

Howard

Best of luck. Since you posed me a polite retrospective question, I offer you a prospective one likewise in return.

Without touching on any delicate concerns -- What path has your training departed upon, and where do you see it going?

Howard Popkin 10-25-2010 04:58 PM

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I will still practice the two styles taught at my dojo:

Daitoryu Aikijujutsu
Goshin-budo Jujitsu - an American offshoot of Hakkoryu Jujutsu.

And who knows :)

Budd 10-26-2010 10:45 PM

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Howard,

Good luck and best wishes in any direction that your training and teaching path takes you.

Budd

George S. Ledyard 10-26-2010 11:14 PM

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rob_liberti 11-21-2010 02:20 PM

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This took serious bravery. You are a good leader for your students and your art. I plan to attend your seminars when time allows.

Howard Popkin 11-22-2010 01:44 PM

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Rob,

Thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you soon!

Howard


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