You’ve read correctly, the perpetual pupil is back!
While I am sorry for my unannounced hiatus, it was not without reason and I feel my readers here deserve to hear them. Firstly, three of my four children are special needs, my two sons are on the autism spectrum and have A.D.D. with my youngest son also having Oppositional Defiance Disorder. My youngest daughter is hearing impaired like her mom and dad (yours truly) and all three of them have had new therapies added, as well as a slew of new activities Hockey, gymnastics and dance…and it took a while to sort out time and life.
A top that, I injured my ankle during training and have been recovering and am nearly back to 100% as I type this!
In my downtime, I’ve had a lot of time to think and maul over just about everything in my martial career. From my arts, to how I teach, to why I teach, to philosophy and all points in-between have raced through my mind like an Indy car. Numerous epiphanies struck like lightning bolts from the heavens and I’ve begun work on a secret project.
Most of you know that I’m a master instructor in the arts, after thirty years, it was a long time coming too. I am also a Shodai Soke founder of an art that was nearly twenty out of thirty years in development, Renketsu-Te Karate-Do. RTKD took everything I had ever loved about the various systems I’d studied and put it together with a lot of original techniques and theories.
RTKD saw itself transform nearly a dozen times until I was happy with it and felt I could honestly apply for Sokeship over it. This was years of hard work, theory, and practice…but it was a labor of love.
Throughout this downtime, I questioned myself countless times and each time the answer manifested into something bigger and different from the last. Briefly, I felt lost and downtrodden, falling into the modern concepts of how and why a modern school of the martial arts exists and the expectations thereof. My mind wasn’t focused, my mind was a haze and was unclear… and so I meditated.
I knew the answers were within and not without, I knew that with enough introspection I could figure these feelings and thoughts out and I did.
I revolutionized my method of teaching about ten years ago creating the progressive repetition system, but the system I’d founded remained the same. Time was calling for a change, a revolution in the classical traditional martial arts, an update…and so I set about to work. While I will still teach and offer Renketsu-Te Karate-Do, I am currently in the process of developing Cook’s Kenpo Karate.
This will retain much of the traditional martial arts aesthetics and methods that are tried and true and will see the martial art modernized, yet still holding fast to its classical roots. I will give more updates and even tidbits on some of the massive changes to every avenue of my martial practices, as time rolls by. I am currently writing a book on the who, what, why, how and when of this system, but rest assured, I am not fooling around with my martial legacy or creating an ode to ego!
That all being said, I’m back and will continue to write more on the martial arts and the lessons I’ve learned over the decades. OSS! …and thank you for bearing with me which I was away.