Sunday 6 December 2009


I thought I'd post a couple photos I took, when driving back from Bungo Takada (for teaching classes). Some of you will remember the article I wrote on March 1st, 2008, titled 'Land of the Rising Sun': These photos were taken from the same view point, Matama Beach, Oita Prefecture. (Please note: Like the majority of photos posted on my blog, you can click on them to enlarge the picture).

I am huge admirer of natural beauty and how nature puts into perspective how small and insignificant we are. At the same time, we can use this to energize our lives, if we take time to appreciate its beauty. Nature can teach us so many things if we open our minds to it. Every day the sun ascends and descends, it looks different. It is the same sun, but depending on numerous factors, presents itself differently.


Train diligently, be positive and make the most of your days. Don't be concerned by things which don't matter, and people who have negative outlooks. So many karate organizations preach Karate-DO and the dojo-kun, yet in reality have such negative outlooks, are viciously judgemental, and will take any action to control others, due to having inferiority complexes (or sheer jealousy). Such minuscule behaviour is certainly worth avoiding! My advice is to keep the big picture of life foremost in mind, and make the most of everyday you live. Love your karate training, love your life, and don't get distracted or influenced by people, or groups, who are negative.


My very best wishes and training to you from Japan, the land of the rising sun.

© André Bertel, Japan 2009.

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