|The ubiquitous Goju pic in Okinawa, c2007|
Going back to Okinawa on a regular basis is important to me, although being there is not always entirely enjoyable. I find kobudo difficult, but the instruction and criticism I receive is entirely necessary if I'm ever to improve my skills. Hihyo, criticism, is a vital element in the learning of both karate and kobudo, and you avoid it at your peril, just make sure the person you receive it from is authentic.
|Hiroshi Akamine sensei of the Shimbukan dojo, c2008|
When I speak of recognition I care little about rank or title, instead I look for a sincere character.