Dear Karate Family,
Alas the 2018 World Okinawan Tournament has finally come to an end, although the excitement surrounding it clearly lingers. It was an extraordinary experience by any measure, and a supreme privilege and honor to represent you all. I’m filled with a profound sense of gratitude knowing how many extraordinary human beings walk alongside me to help teach and guide me in this beautiful art.
The tournament’s conclusion was as exciting as its beginning. In the end, I earned second place in the final match against my Uechi-ryu brother from Russia. It was a split decision, 4 to 3, which helped make for a highly climactic finish. There is no doubt that the level of competition here motivated me to strive for personal excellence, however I know that throughout this tournament, the true opponent was myself, and in facing him, I feel I have no regrets.