February 22, 2009

Launch

After too many headaches, lots of late nights followed by early mornings, and much to the thanks of Dana, Three Harmonies Martial Arts Center finally has a brand new website www.threeharmonies.com that is completely updated with information, photos (again, mucho thanks goes to Dana www.dkbimages.com), and of course this brand new blog!
As if I was not opinionated enough, now I have an "un-official-official" blog! I hope to offer my thoughts, opinions, reviews, and what few facts I know regarding all things martial, a few things not so martial, and a number of absurd oddities! If you like it, subscribe to my blog! If not, nice of you to stop by!

Prof. Remy Presas (1936-2001)

I would like to dedicate the blog to a teacher who was a great influence early in my life. Prof. Remy Presas passed on a few years back, yet some of my fondest memories of intense training, martial brotherhood, and lessons learned came from my few visits with him over 4 years. I would participate in his summer camps in Michigan, and Windsor, ON. training stick, knife, empty hand techniques for 10-12 hours a day! Our wrists were swollen to double their normal size every night! Yet we went back for more, with smiles on our faces!

Remy taught me so much I cannot share all the details, but one thing that sticks in my mind, and has shaped my life to this very day is his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and his childlike attitude about training! He always encouraged us to "play" with ideas, techniques, and challenge what we "know." Remy would constantly remind us not to get too narrow with our views and understandings, challenging us to train in different styles so to deepen our martial understanding.
Remy also taught me one painful lesson....
Our teachers are not immortal. They do fade away into another realm, and it happens all too fast as days and nights pass. I always thought I would train with Remy again, and so I never took a picture of him and I together, and more importantly I never told him how influential he was on my life! Both things I regret now that he is gone.
So make sure to tell your teacher how much he/she has influenced your life, and get a picture with them before it is too late!

I hope you enjoy my blog!
Cheers
Jake

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