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Wellspring Update

I’m back. All went very well!

Thanks to all those who donated to my  Wellspring fundraising page as an ambassador for the Toronto to Miami Peloton Challenge. When I last looked, donors had contributed $1,750 towards my personal goal of $2,000. Domo arigato.
So, thus far all has gone well. However, as  there was a slight hitch at the start: Hurricane Irma.

“With the threat of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, 20 cyclists and 23 support drivers, scrambled to make last-minute plans to reroute their destination from Miami to Austin in the final days leading up to their departure. They completed the Wellspring Peloton Challenge, an epic 8-day, 24-hour bike ride from Oakville, ON to Austin, TX covering 3,180 km to raise funds to support Wellspring. Together, they helped raise over $430,000 for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation. By the time the riders crossed the finish line in Austin on September 16, they had each pedaled an average of 120 km a day, and climbed a total of 21,00 meters.”

And here’s a deep in night-time video of Team 1 cycling along a dark country road in Alabama. You’ll see the lead cyclist drop back to be replaced by one from the rear. The lead position is the hardest as that cyclist meets the most air resistance, while the rest of the peloton team tuck themselves behind  in the collective slipstream. The video was taken through the open window of the follow vehicle as the drivers blasted out energizing music. 

Here are some links for more information and if you wish to make a donation.

My personal fund-raising page:http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1166922&lis=1&kntae1166922=3E18414AAAB64EEAB7E2DD05353A8394&supId=449058872

 

The Wellspring 2017 Peloton Challenge page: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1166922&lis=1&kntae1166922=656586BC581C4164AF0823736AC60BA0&ccp=675572

For more information, Wellspring’s home page: https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/

And even if you feel unable to contribute, it’s likely you will encounter others who are facing cancer:

please let them know about Wellspring.

Onwards, Onwards, forever onwards,

Kohai Fawcett
Hasu Dojo

Posted in Life Strategy, Meditation, Newsletter, Zen Story

Maestro Urban

Posted in Life Strategy, Masters, Niei Chi

STRATEGIC CONCEPTS

AI UCHI

The concept in CMAC is to stay out of trouble whenever possible.

The best form of self-defence is not to be there in the first place. If that is not possible there is a Chinese dictum – “we beg and we plead not to fight and then we strike!” Although we also profess “karate ni sente nashi,” meaning “there is no first attack in karate,” O’Sensei Kim pointed out that it doesn’t mean you have to wait for the person to hit you. The fight started when they made their intent clear. So our first strategy is to have the correct state of mind, “ai uchi,” meaning “we are ready to die if we must and to take the assailant with us.” The assailant should perceive that this encounter is going to be a battle of life and death and we trust that we will both choose life.

OSI WAZA

Responding to the opponent’s attack – a counter.

SEN – “AHEAD”

The Japanese character for “sen” can also be read as “saki.” It means “before or ahead” but in the terms “go no sen,” “sen no sen” and “sen sen no sen,” it is an abbreviation of sorts for the word “sente,” meaning initiative or lead. The “te” in sente means hand, so sente directly translates as “beforehand.” In budo, sente refers to an attack or the initiative to attack. As O’Sensei Kim puts it – beat the opponent to the punch.

GO NO SEN – “LATE ARRIVES AHEAD”

Go no sen (post-initiative) is a concept in which a combatant seizes the initiative in a fight after the opponent has already started an attack. In other words, once the opponent starts to attack, the defending combatant performs their technique. The go no sen technique can take various forms, since it depends on the use of the energy and momentum of the attacker. Go means “after.” We move in harmony with the attacker, but it is the attacker that is taking the initiative in the attack and we are mirroring his or her movements. In O’Sensei Kim’s words: “When you know how an opponent fights, you know when to move in on him, or if you’re very skillful you know when he’s thinking (body language) and you can move in ahead of him. Ahead not only of his action but ahead of his thought.”

Go no sen involves blocking any attack strongly and then launching a counter attack, also known as “osi waza.” In the case of a jodan oi zuki attack, the defender could shift back into zenkutsu dachi and execute a strong jodan age uke, and then deliver a gyaku zuki as a counter attack. A chudan oi zuki could be responded to by a chudan soto uke and a gyaku zuki. Again, after the counter, it is important to hold zanshin and then shift out of range and back into kamae.

Go no sen is not just a counter-attack, but also a mental state, a level of concentration assumed during combat. It is more correct to say that it is a harmonization with the very movement of attack, not just defense. Go no sen can also be seen as part of a philosophical and moral code, emphasized when one considers the term “DO” (道, ) or “Way,” meaning that the karateka should never take the initiative in an eventual and inevitable confrontation. As stated earlier, this is also “karate ni sente nashi.”

SEN NO SEN – “AHEAD OF AHEAD” / “LEADING/INVITING THE INITIATIVE”

Sen no sen means “before the attack.” Sometimes this timing is also called “mae no sen,” mae also meaning “in front of.” Sen no sen implies that Semete is aware of Ukete’s intention of attacking and right at the time when Ukete is starting to attack, Semete steps in and stops the attack. One distinction between this and the following is that in this case Semete’s action follows Ukete’s physical movement.

“When you don’t just know when he’s thinking, but can dissipate his Satsui or evil intent.

Set up techniques, get him to move as you wish.

Set him up for the foot sweep.

Utilizing inviting techniques.

Utilizing feigning techniques. – If you’re hurt pretend you’re not and vice versa.

– O’senesi Kim

Sen sen no sen is an even more refined concept in regards to timing. The term consists of a repetition of the term “sen.” So this refers to the timing before “sen no sen.” It is the case of initiating a movement intended to lead the attacker’s spirit as well as to draw forth an actual attack, in order to utilize this attack
for a defensive technique. This is when you don’t just know what and when they’re thinking, but how and when they are planning on doing it so that you can forestall their action and can dissipate their satsui (evil intent). In this case Semete’s action preceeds Ukete’s physical movement.

KAKE WAZA

As an extension to sen sen no sen, there is “kake waza.” This is charging without the opponent making an attack the instant that there is “kyo” (opening).

 

Posted in Kobudo, Newsletter, Original Articles, Traditional

Love is all you need

Posted in Humour, Life Strategy, Newsletter

Hanshi’s Note

Quiet ZenHanshi Platt - CMAC Sensei Wallace Platt, 10th Dan, Hanshi CMAC Founder and Head Instructor

Only when the mind is settled can it become quiet and only when the mind is quiet can it become still; it’s only when the mind is still can it see and when the mind can see then it can reach deep into the mysteries.

These are the steps taken in all of budo to really centre the self to focus and be mindful of the task at hand. It is important to remember especially for those going back to school that the point of training is to enhance one’s skills of mind, memory and mobility; to assist one in dealing with anything that comes at you in life.

Child Meditating - Classical Martial Arts Centre - Toronto Central Region

I think everyone would like to be able to make work and school easier which is exactly what martial arts will do for anyone. So I suggest to all parents to do what I do in the class…at home or when bringing your child to class, remind them that by training harder school will become easier because their mind and brain power is stronger; this is an equation they understand and even like. Karate is not just another thing to do, it’s a way to assist one to do all things one does better!

Budo is not a game, it is a Way to enhance one’s life for real self-defence or otherwise.

Posted in Buddhism, Health, Life Strategy, Masters, Meditation, Newsletter, Niei Chi, Note from Hanshi Platt, Traditional, Weapons, Youth

HHDL

Posted in Buddhism, Newsletter, Philosophy

” A Wellspring Warrior”

Dear Fellow Budoka,
In late 2015 when I received a diagnosis of metastasized cancer, my wife Victoria and I came out of the doctor’s office stunned and devastated. That night was one of the longest in our lives as we struggled to understand the implications.
The second day, after some research, we went to check out the local offices of a cancer support organization, Wellspring.
It turned out to be a visit that turned despair into hope.
When I first walked in I didn’t expect much – perhaps a lot of form filling and the offer of a consultation within a week or so. Instead, we were instantly welcomed and led into a comfortable room. As Wellspring’s resources were explained to us we realized we had stumbled onto just what we most desperately needed – active compassion, expressed through practical advice and support from people who had made this journey before us.

Within half an hour Victoria and I were talking with a volunteer peer support worker, a cancer survivor herself, part of a counselling team that keeps regular hours at Wellspring for both Wellspring members and for walk-ins like ourselves.
By the time we had left Wellspring’s centre in downtown Toronto, I had signed up for a weekly workshop called Healing Journey,  as well as a twice-weekly exercise workout session with certified trainers, had made an appointment with a financial advisor, was told I could avail myself of three reiki sessions, and had made a series of appointments with a professional counsellor, another former cancer patient. We discovered that Wellspring also has programs for the families of cancer patients. When we left, Victoria had signed up for a support group for partners and caregivers.
Later, when I was undergoing chemo, the Wellspring people knew just what I was going through and gave me support and encouragement.

And all of this was, and is, provided free.

Well, not really, because in order that Victoria and I could walk in that day and benefit from this amazing,
supportive community, Wellspring needs money, and since Wellspring receives no government funding at all, it’s 40 different programs and 10 regional support centres are entirely dependent on donations and fundraising.

So when I had the opportunity to help with one of this year’s major fund-raising efforts – centred on an 8-day, 24hr/day bicycle peloton relay ride from Toronto to Miami  – I jumped at the chance.
This year’s ride runs from the 9-16th September and will be done by five teams of cyclists, backed up by another team of support drivers, who collectively will be on the road for the entire eight days and nights needed to complete the ride to Miami. Last year’s riders and drivers netted well over $300,000.
Each team is in turn supported by a cancer survivor – a “Wellspring Warrior”. As one of these, my personal goal is to raise another $2,000 in addition to the amounts raised by the teams. I will be very grateful if you can help me reach that.
Here are some links for more information and if you wish to make a donation.

 

My personal fund-raising page:http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1166922&lis=1&kntae1166922=3E18414AAAB64EEAB7E2DD05353A8394&supId=449058872

 

 

The Wellspring 2017 Peloton Challenge page: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1166922&lis=1&kntae1166922=656586BC581C4164AF0823736AC60BA0&ccp=675572

 

For more information, Wellspring’s home page: https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/

And even if you feel unable to contribute, it’s likely you will encounter others who are facing cancer: please let them know about Wellspring.
Onwards, Onwards, ever onwards,

Mark Fawcett
Hasu Dojo

Posted in Health, Life Strategy, Newsletter, Niei Chi

Change

Posted in Health and Wellness, Life Strategy, Newsletter

Zen Meditation Workshop – September 17

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/vsgvvmywmbwb/ for full details.

To Register for this event, you will need to create an account on Meetup and RSVP to the event.  Look for the Join and RSVP button at the upper right.

(Workshop) **Price includes exta (Zazen) class. Also includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, mats and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class (please arrive 15 minutes early).

Join Hae Kwang Sunim for The Full Bad Stress Out “‘Inner Peace” Qigong – Don’t Miss It! **THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER QI-GONG YOU EVER EXPERIENCED** TORONTO Class also Includes full lying down guided Inner Peace Qigong.

People that attend this class also receive an extra class FREE called “Zazen: Learn and become skilled in the art of MEDITATION at a later date (See Bottom of this page for Link and full details on FREE Bonus Class).

Workshop / Investment: Only $20.00

**Benefits of attending this class**

***Soft ‘Inner Peace’ Qigong leads to the deep release of dis–ease / stress and the restoring of ones energy channels and the infusion of fresh Qi and Peace through the body (reconnection to the Universal Qi field).

Workshop **Please Register on this Meetup as early as possible **Register Today** Conveniently located just steps from St.Clair Subway station.

**Includes sharing tea circle at the end of class. We supply use of meditation chairs, and blankets. Also very special Tea at the beginning and end of class. Please arrive 15 minutes early / at 12:15 p.m. (class starts promptly at 12:30 p.m.). 

See: https://www.meetup.com/Young-St-T-O-QiGong-Meditation-Zen-Energy-Work-Healing/events/vsgvvmywmbwb/ for full details.

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Maestro Urban

Posted in Kobudo, Life Strategy, Masters, Newsletter, Niei Chi, Philosophy
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