This from Sensei Carlos Ciriza,my good friend and previous student
Dear Sensei Van_
The part highlighted in red,[here underlined] reminded me of the practice, with you, and think how many things in common with the darkness, the hip, the explosion of power!
Master Ken Nakamatsu
Being a mathematics instructor and a deep thinking man, Sensei Nakamatsu has
applied long hours of self study and scholastic pursuit towards developing an
unsurpassed approach to the study of Okinawan Karate. Probably the most impressive
and most significant thing that we as karate students can learn from Sensei Nakamatsu
is diligent self-study. He says that even now he continues to grow more interested in
karate training, math, and physics.
It is not uncommon to enter Sensei Nakamatsu`s
dojo before a night of practice to find him hard at work in a dark training hall. He
explains that practice in the dark facilitates spiritual training and awareness of the
intricate nature of the body`s physiology. It is also common to find Sensei Nakamatsu in
detailed conversation with a fellow practitioner concerning complexities of hip motion,
retaining focus, or use of the legs in various stances. Significantly, this is often done
with practitioners of other styles because Sensei Nakamatsu believes that, in essence
we are all involved in an intrepid journey towards the same goal.
First and foremost, Sensei Nakamatsu is a diligent student; perhaps this is what makes
him an extraordinary teacher. In the three years I have spent in Okinawa, the practice
at Sensei Nakamatsu`s dojo has not changed in the movements we practice yet it has
changed drastically in the way we think about and execute those movements. Our
practice has has evolved as we have. Whilst practicing in Nakamatsu`s Dojo I have felt
flattered to find Sensei Nakamatsu observing my movements, stepping aside into the
mirror and observing his own then excitingly saying, “Naruhodo” (I`ve got it).
realized that Sensei Nakamatsu is as likely to do this with a student in his first month of
training as he is with another Kyudan (Ninth Degree Black Belt). That we can learn
from one another is a fundamental aspect of his philosophy.