Thursday, April 1, 2010

My Journey With The Grandmaster

What a fantastic book!! The photos alone, are well worth the price of the book! There is one rare photo of Osensei Eizo Shimabukuro seated next to his brother, Osensei Tatsuo Shimabukuro. Two masters, brothers, seated side by side...

I e-mailed Major/Sensei Bill Hayes and thanked him for his book, and he graciously replied back, pleased that I had enjoyed his book. Enjoyed is not the word for it; I freakin' devoured it! I couldn't put it down...

Thank you to Sensei John Vesia for recommending it.

In other news, I broke down and bought a Bob. (Eh.... It's not what you're thinking! (Haha...) Photo below:


I think this is going to be a fun and useful way to practice various techniques, and I think my daughter will be very happy about it, too. We have a couple of these at our dojo, and she enjoys using them to train, when our Sensei drags them out every so often for drills or technical demonstrations.

I'm also thinking of making (or buying) a makiwara, in the near future.

Class tonight, and I'm looking forward to it. :-)


  1. "My Journey With The Grandmaster" is one of my favorite martial arts books. I am fortunate to have attended a few seminars taught by Kyoshi Hayes. Excellent.

  2. He's a great man and a real gentleman warrior. Great book... :-)

  3. Just checked the tracking, and it looks like ol' Bob is going to be delivered on Monday. It's a surprise to my daughter. It's going to be delivered to my workplace, so I'm planning on taking it home, setting it up, filling the base with water, and then calling my daughter down to the basement dojo to do some training. Hahahaha.... She's going to flip out when she sees him. Haha...