Life’s Unknown Path ” . . . That’s OK”

29 Jun

As the dawn heralds a new day, our path unfolds. The path may be one of joy or sorrow. The path may unfold gently or with great challenge. Such events matter not as we acknowledge:

  • we will either embrace the day’s gentleness or rise to the day’s challenge;
  • we accept sorrow as a part of joy, pain as a component of comfort and hardship as a seed to abundance and;
  • no matter how the day’s path unfolds, we will grow and be better persons for walking it.

With the above in mind, I present the “Life’s Path Unknown . . .“That’s OK” (Online Kata) Session. As with all That’s OK session, you may perform either Sanchin Kata, Shibumi Kata (both are available free on this blog) or karate kata.

Remember, the group concept is fulfilled not by our being physically together at one location, but rather, by each person performing Sanchin simultaneously as described in the session parameters

Session Parameters:
Date: Beginning the week of June 30th, 2014;
Time: Sunrise;
Location: All kata must be performed outdoors, in nature and you should be facing the rising sun.
Salient Points:

  • As you perform your kata welcome the uncertainty of the day ahead. Accept challenge as it may arise, welcome good fortune if it is to be found and triumph over difficulty;
  • Use your kata as a means of energizing your body and spirit for the day ahead;
  • Be bold as you walk forward, anticipating the unknown events that lay before you.

Kata Sommelier: For my karate-do colleagues, I would recommend either the Suparunpei or Hakutsuru kata.
The last requirement of this “. . . That’s OK” session is to remain in a positive physical, emotional and mental state throughout the day by way of the concept of “Zanshin” (the “remaining mind.” For information on the Zanshin state-of-mind, please use this LINK:

Once again, you may wish to not only perform this “. . . That’s OK” session as scheduled, but may also revisit the session as a regular part of your kata practice.

In closing, I am proud of each and every one of you that has acquainted themselves with Sanchin,

HANKOSensei John Szmitkowski

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