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The most impressive character trait of John Farnam is that he doesn't seek to impress anyone. He seeks only to inspire and he does so by setting the example and leading the charge. You won't find John Farnam "in the rear with the gear." As an old Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officer, the greatest compliment I can pay a retired Officer is to say that I'd follow his lead in battle anywhere, anytime and in any place.
John is a man that "I'd ride the river with." I've known only three other men in sixty years that I'd trust with my life and that's what a Westerner does when he "rides the river" with another. In fifty plus years of Martial Arts study I've been fortunate of having been blessed with the opportunity to study with a few great teachers and among that elite fraternity there are but two that I have called mentor.
John Farnam is one of the two, a Martial Artist who quotes from the Go Rin No Sho and the Sun Tsu with the ease that politicians forget campaign promises.
In an era when Martial Arts are confused with theatrics, "reel" with "real" and fantasy is all too often accepted as reality; when our arts are flooded with more "talk the talk" than "walk the walk," John goes quietly about the business of continuous improvement.
Not content to rest on the laurels of reputation and past triumphs, John forges ahead, a true Sensei, always seeking a better way. "Willingness is a state of mind, readiness is a statement of fact. Find a way to win, not to lose, there is precious little time to do both. We learn not by success but by failure and by failing in training we learn to not practice our mistakes," says John.
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