Sensei Jeff Tyne Memorial

20 Apr

Heavy rain this morning heralds in this post of the passing of yet another Goshin-Do Karate-Do Yudansha (black belt). Sensei Jeff Tyne passed away on April 11th, 2015. During the camelot years of the Academy Of Goshin-Do Karate, Sensei Tyne, a Ni-Dan operated one of the four dojo teaching Goshin-Do Karate-Do under the leadership of Shihan Thomas DeFelice.

Sensei Jeff Tyne

I first learned of Sensei’s passing shortly after posting the memorial of Shihan Paul Recchia’s passing on April 10th 2003. I waited a week before posting news of Sensei Tyne’s passing out of respect for both he and Shihan Recchia. So now, each year I have another memorial for a fallen Goshin-Do comrade to add.

As the rain pelts the window to my writing room, I look out at the cherry blossom tree in the yard. How strange is my duty? I take great pride in the fact that I am one of the few in Sensei DeFelice’s dojo to have known each and every one his his black belts. Now decades later, my duty is to simply remember them.

And so, here is the first hatsu bon memorial poem for Sensei Tyne, one of the two examiners who in 1976, when I was age fifteen, failed me on my first attempt to earn fifth-kyu, green belt in the adult division, but in doing so helped to forge my unrelenting spirit. Thank-you for doing so Sensei.

Hatsu Bon Poem

Please don’t cry before my grave
That’s not where I am
Nor am I sleeping for eternity
SEE!!
I am already part of the breezes
numbering a thousand
I am part of the light
that brightens this world
Like a diamond glittering in the snow
Like the sun that coaxes seeds to sprout
And in the Fall I become the gentle rain
that nurtures all.
When you open the window in the morning
I am the breeze
That causes your hair to flutter;
And at night, I am the star
That watches over your sleep.
So, please . . . don’t cry before my grave
That’s not where I am.
I am not dead.
I have been born anew.

Sincerity in sweat, Sensei.

HANKO-master Sensei John Szmitkowski

Endnotes:
During the camelot years of the Academy Of Goshin-Do Karate-Do (roughly in the 1970’s), there were four Goshin-Do Karate-Do dojo under the leadership of Shihan Thomas DeFelice:
The Hombu dojo of Shihan DeFelice located in Palisades Park, NJ;
Shibu (branch) dojo located in:
Maywood, NJ under Sensei Jim Kingston,
Lodi, NJ under Sensei Jeff Tyne,
Teaneck, NJ under Sensei Steve Malmoud.

2 Responses to “Sensei Jeff Tyne Memorial”

  1. Andrew M. Bloschak September 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    I trained under sensei Tyne at the Lodi Dojo until I had a near fatal motorcycle accident on September 18, 1976 which ended my ambitiomn to excel in Karate. I had the greatest respect and admiration for Sensei Tyne and my fond memories of my time training with him will never fade from my thoughts.

    • Sensei John October 2, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Hello & thank-you for your comment & sharing your memories of Sensei Tyne. I started training in 1971 in the Junior Division under Sensei Nick D’Antuono. However, I knew Sensei Tyne via dojo get-togethers, such as testing, promotion and Shia (inter-dojo tournaments). Sensei Tyne & Sensei Kingston tested (and failed) for my green> Sometime around 1976 I passed and was moved to the adult division at age 15. I then studied directly under Sensei DeFelice and came to know all of the black belts.
      It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from fellow students of those “golden years” of the dojo. My best & again, thank-you for sharing. – – – Sensei John

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