6 Feb

In part three of my interactive experiment, you must continue to find something to smile about each and every day of the forthcoming week. However before doing so, please write down each thing you daily smiled about this past week. For example, “On Monday (this) made me smile.” ”On Tuesday (that) made me smile.” And so forth.

I will share one thing that made me smile with you. I smiled when I took a few pictures of Goshin-Do Karate Kata postures and modified them with a “pop-art” effect on my laptop. Here are the results.

The first photograph depicts the “Archer’s Block” posture from the Seienchin Kata. The second photograph depicts the “Busaganashi” posture from the Hakutsuru Kata. (See Endnote # 1)

At the end of next week AND BEFORE READING part four (the final part) of this experiment, write down those things that made you smile during the coming week.

After completing the above, you will be ready to read the final part of this experiment which will post on Sunday, February 13th.

Until then, I remain 🙂

Sensei John Szmitkowski, Soke, Jiriki Kata-Do


1. The Kanji (Japanese writing) for the Kata, Seienchin has a dual translation. One is “Calm in the storm; storm in the calm.”  The other is “Walk far to quell and conquer.” Busaganashi is a Taoist martial deity that is depicted in this posture. The translation of the Kanji for the Kata Hakutsuru is “White Crane.”

A depiction of Busaganashi

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  1. Dianne Heatherly February 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    I have undertaken your experiment for smiling….Although it has been an extremely difficult week I have truly and honestly found things to smile purely about. Had you not put me up to the challenge through your blog post i would have ended up smiling a great deal less this week. So i thank you Sensei and look forward to smiling even more this week! Had i made myself aware of this in my initial training endeavor, i probably would have gotten beyond the point i reached……perhaps I am destined to train with you after all! Success or failure is all a matter of perspective as is smiling or frowning! ; )

    • senseijohn February 7, 2011 at 5:46 am #

      Thank-you for your comment. I am smiling because I know something you don’t know, to wit: the “catch” to Part 4. You’ll have to wait until next Sunday. 😎

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