5 Jun

In the interval of time since the passing of Shihan Wayne Norlander, I have struggled with an appropriate topic to submit for your consideration. Recently, during an afternoon Kata training session in the triple digit heat of the Arizona Desert known as the “Valley Of The Sun”, it occurred to me that the within is perhaps a most appropriate submission. The following is dedicated to all Sensei, past, present and future. It is also appropriate to all those who choose to lead rather than follow. (See Endnote #1)



TO accept human beings as they are – not yearn for perfect creatures;

TO recognize ability – and encourage it;

TO understand shortcomings – and make allowance for them;

TO work patiently for improvement – and not to expect too much too quickly;

TO appreciate what people do right – not just criticize what they do wrong;

TO be slow to anger and hard to discourage;

TO have the hide of an elephant and the patience of Job;

IN short Lord, please help me be a better Sensei!

Until the next submission, I remain, simultaneously honored and humbled to have earned the title, “Sensei”,



Sensei John Szmitkowski, Jiriki Kata-Do

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1. The “Sensei’s Prayer” is taken from a plaque that hung in Shihan Thomas DeFelice’s Academy Of Goshin-Do Karate-Do Dojo.

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2 Responses to “A SENSEI’S PRAYER”

  1. Tony Brinson June 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Sensei i do remember that plaque. Maybe thats why i took to coaching. Hope all is well with you.
    With extreme reverence,
    Tony Brinson

  2. Dianne Heatherly June 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm #


    This is truly a prayer for all to live by…..the world would be a better place if people learned to judge less and be more patient in understanding one another.

    Thank you for posting and reminding me of how much effort it takes to teach something you already know and are willing to share openly with the rest of us.

    I will keep this prayer in mind in my daily life.

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