As we pursue our goals in life, whether it is our career or martial arts training, obstacles inevitably appear and make an attempt to short circuit our endeavors. It is important to understand that these interruptions are not necessarily signals that we are on the wrong path but more often are just the normal and expected “bump in the road” that may require us to slow down and evaluate our course of action before continuing our journey.
After training in the martial arts for almost 40 years, I relocated from New York to Texas which displaced me from my training and teaching of Hakkoryu Jujutsu. I questioned whether I would again have the opportunity to continue my study and sharing of Hakkoryu Jujutsu. Not losing hope and maintaining perseverance towards this life-long passion, I had the good fortune to meet Shihan John Cole and began training with him at his dojo, Hakkoryu Ken-nin Dojo in Austin, Texas.
Resulting from this association was an even greater opportunity: official recognition of my dojo by the Hakkoryu So Hombu in Omiya, Japan and Nidai Soke Okuyama. Hakkoryu Nintai Dojo has been granted the honor of providing instruction in Hakkoryu Jujutsu in the greater Houston area. I am honored to be given this opportunity and consider myself very fortunate to now be in a position to continue my training of Hakkoryu Jujutsu and at the same time share my knowledge of this very unique martial art.
I welcome interested individuals to become part of this very special circle of learning and enjoy the fulfillment from studying this very special art form.