I began my USTRI journey in Clarkston, at Baycourt Park in 2008. There was a class in the Parks and Recs catalog about “… a 400 year old Koryu art.” Little did I know how much my life would change, or that here in June 2022 I would be in instructor of Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu.
In my younger days growing up in Honolulu I recall my father taking the family to a monthly ritual: going to see Kung Fu or Samurai movies at the old Empress Theater. I was always amazed by the mystique of those cinema swordsmen. I wanted to be like Toshiro Mifune. And now, I want to be like those stunt men who probably were the real talent in front of the cameras.
It’s been a long time since I published any Haiku, so I searched my archives and came up with some from many years ago…
Staring at the sky Tripped up by my hakama I meant to do that
Overwhelming strength It’s not your skill at Kata Please wash your kneepads
The Questions of Death When was the Ninth Sokei born? Learn to love push-ups
Prepare for Shinsa The deepest questions of all… Where do I buy Yen?
After the Shinsa A deeper question arrives Sushi or Curry?
My hand is shaking Concentrate, focus your mind, Don’t spill the sake…
Daniel Wung (Genkou)