When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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Shimabuku, Shinsho (Ciso) Sensei
I have been led and it has been suggested that the majority of those who brought Isshinryu home in the late fifties and early sixties actually received ninety percent of instruction from Shimabuku, Shinsho (Ciso) Sensei.
It seems that such an influential person would be mentioned, at least in passing, on the many web sites, etc. as an intricate part of the growth of Isshinryu and its spread on Okinawa and on Military bases through out. Yet, except on AJA Sensei's web site, no one gives this man any credit what so ever as to the growth and spread of Isshinryu as well as instruction to us all.
Actually, I would have to say from my perspective it may be more of value to say one were the "first generation student of Shinsho Sensei" than to the founder Tatsuo Sensei. After all, Ciso Sensei, it would seem from my research at least, was actually the most influential instructor/Sensei in Isshinryu for American Servicemen.
I also believe "wholeheartedly" that Ciso Sensei has more historical significance for Isshinryu than Tatsuo Sensei first born Kichero. I have no knowledge if my Sensei ever received instruction from Ciso Sensei but do know that a few of the labeled "first gen students of Tatsuo Sensei" have been quoted as saying Ciso Sensei did provide a lot of mentoring/guidance in Isshinryu to Marines.
If I were to have been so lucky as to have been there when Ciso Sensei was instructing it would be an honor to have said that I was a first generation student of Ciso Sensei but alas neither Henry or I are able to express that as a part of our gratitude to him and his efforts in Isshinryu.
Thank you Tatsuo Sensei for developing Isshinryu and thank you Ciso Sensei for allowing all of us to benefit from your guidance and mentoring in the Isshinryu system. If I am correct it would not have been possible with out Shinsho (Ciso) Sensei's efforts.