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Old 12-05-2003, 07:52 AM   #351
Kensho Furuya
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Nasty cold!

Thrown down and pinned so hard,

By a cough and sneeze!
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Old 12-05-2003, 10:25 AM   #352
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When someone says to me,

"I want to learn self-defense,"

I always ask them,

"Did you get a flu shot?"

(Let's start with basics.)

Then on to advanced techniques:

"Do you go to bed at a reasonable time

and get enough rest?"
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Old 12-05-2003, 12:20 PM   #353
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martial arts from childhood on

karate

kenpo

and now aikido

a year ago a son was born

and now I'm best at tickle-fu (and gotch-u-do)
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Old 12-05-2003, 12:31 PM   #354
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gotch-u-do or gotch-u-doo?

I hope this is not about cleaning poo!

Hahaha

Many congratulations on your baby!

One of my black belts just had his #7 last year. . . . . - a few more and it is almost a branch dojo! Just kidding. Best wishes!
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Old 12-05-2003, 01:00 PM   #355
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I've tried to pass that of to mommy - saying that her diaper-waza needs work... It didn't go over as I planned.

Children are a great source of inspiration..

...and prespiration...

...and sometimes deperation.
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Old 12-05-2003, 01:11 PM   #356
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Just as there is a lot to teach them, there is more to learn from them. Children absorb much more than adults. All my black belts are required to begin their teaching experiences in our Children's Class. . . . Children are easy to teach as long as you are completely honest and open. Of course, adults are easy to teach too, once you get passed all the crap! Oops! I am confused, are we talking about diapers again???? Haha!

Just teasing you, folks, no angry letters, please!
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Old 12-05-2003, 05:21 PM   #357
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Taking care of a nasty cold,

Hearing about a new-born child,

Ain't Life strange?

Ain't Life Wonderful!
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:07 AM   #358
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A bow is not simply a bow,

It brings our spirit into the now.

Clearing the air like a cool spring breeze,

Like a pure mountain stream, our soul, it frees
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Old 12-07-2003, 05:39 PM   #359
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Here is a bow story,

of 800 miles in California,

three steps and a bow.

Rev. Hung Sure is in my neighborhood.

http://www.charityfocus.org/insp/people/hs/

Just bow.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:01 AM   #360
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Dear Furuya Sensei,

I hope you are getting plenty of peacful rest and your health is being restored. I also hope that the bowing discussion does not make you sneeze (or weep)!

I have noticed over the last 30-some years that many people would like to pull aikido out of its Japanese cultural and spiritual roots. Of course, a plant can be carefully uprooted and transplanted, growing deep roots in a new place. The risk, however, is that if the gardener does not provide a deep and rich environment, the transplant will wither and die. (Is it the plant's fault that it "doesn't work"?)

In life, we may be involved with various "transplantings": children often transplant themselves into environments different from their parents', and marriage is also often a transplanting experience. Religions, in order to spread to new places, must also be transplanted. Also, the Japanese martial arts are increasingly stripped of their Japanese and broader Asian cultural and spiritual roots. Sometimes they are planted again in deep soil in another cultural setting. Sometimes not.

This is starting to sound like the parable of the sower in the Gospels. Without these roots, we can easily be crushed by whatever passes by in our daily life, or we wither under a harsh environment, or we are choked by internal anxieties and concerns. The crucial factor is the heart, the attitude.

Peace to you, and I you are getting over your cold.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:56 AM   #361
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Do you think the leaf at the top of the tree is different from its roots deep in the ground?

A rose by any other name is still a rose. Please do not be confused by appearances. Please practice what you preach - "heart."

Spring breeze,

Eternally old, yet so fresh,

When will you ever return again?
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:21 AM   #362
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Paper gardenias

please the eye but not the nose.

No root, no heart here.
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Old 02-24-2004, 09:07 AM   #363
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Question Stand Alone Complex

In a world of interconnectivity

One lives in the dense forest of uniformity

Protected by the shades of the trees

Yet, suffocating in their denseness

Need to breathe, need the protection

Addicted to the group but crave individuality

Such is the stand alone complex

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Old 07-28-2004, 11:53 PM   #364
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Re: A Silly Poem

A blank map in hand

So easy to find things with

Places untraveled
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Old 08-18-2004, 08:12 AM   #365
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Re: A Silly Poem

Sunshine, sleet
rain and clouds
Could I fit
them in my hands?

Maybe they are not enough
maybe there's another way
but it is sometimes very tough
to keep on happy every day

It is within you
the inner light
that through all plight
will make you do

Alone you are
And you are not

Feel free in both

Sorry if this is too cheesy, my native language is Spanish and I can produce much better stuff than that using it.
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Old 08-19-2004, 06:38 AM   #366
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Re: A Silly Poem

City of Gardens
I have roamed them in the past
A beautiful site

My last day's Today
Now I may see them again
In memories end
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Old 08-26-2004, 10:15 PM   #367
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Re: A Silly Poem

Quote:
Drew Ames wrote:
The poem reminded me of Bilbo Baggins taunting the spiders in The Hobbit.

Regards,

-Drew
Too true!! LOL! I'd forgotten about that... Only remembered now, when I read your post... LOL
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Old 08-27-2004, 09:13 AM   #368
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Re: A Silly Poem

Quote:
Kensho Furuya wrote:
It can only be seen,

Running to and fro

But in stillness. . . .

Where did the wind go?
Kensho - san.. Where do you get such pretty ideas for your writing? I mean... Where do you go for insperation?????
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Old 09-05-2004, 05:45 AM   #369
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Re: A Silly Poem

With Heaven in my hand I go to and from
Not knowing what I may become
Destiny reveals all things in time
The future holds what fate is mine.
For these things I am not concerened
through the way the soul's returned.
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Old 09-06-2004, 08:19 PM   #370
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Re: A Silly Poem

Here's a random poem I read in a book once....not very nice though

Rawhead close behind you treads
3 looks back and youll be dead
But Close your eyes and count to 10
And Rawhead will be gone again.

really Random dont ya think....another one from the same book...

All these years I've built up a wall
Now its crumbling, Soon it will fall.
It geta harder and harder to keep a straight face
Its Harder and harder to keep up the pace ....

lol he he he
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Old 09-06-2004, 08:22 PM   #371
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Re: A Silly Poem

Heres 1 my sister found...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, i do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond that glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
i am the gentle autumns rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds incircled flight,
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not stand at my Grave and cry,
I am not there...I did not die.

i luv this one!!!
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Old 09-24-2004, 06:43 AM   #372
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Re: A Silly Poem

Early on morning, late one night.
2 dead boys got up to fight,
back to back they face each other
drew there swords and shot one another.
The deaf police mean heard the noise,
Came and got those two dead boys.
If you dont believe this lie is true,
Ask the blind man, he saw it too!!!

he he he
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Old 12-15-2004, 12:29 AM   #373
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Re: A Silly Poem





I figured if it worked for O'Sensei it'd work for anything...

Bryce
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:45 AM   #374
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Re: A Silly Poem

I just found out today that Reverend Kensho Furuya passed away last year 06 March 2007...

... then I remember the poems that we used to trade back and forth in this thread...

... may you rest in peace, Sensei...

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