This years' Kenpo Ohana is a great success, we where able to raise over $360 for our charities after covering the expenses for the Ohana! I am so thankful for all those who came out to support us in our effort to affect peoples lives!
The two sad parts of these Ohanas for me is 1) when they are over, and 2) that they don't raise more funds, because the causes are so worthy of the time, attention, and resources. I know I have felt that the kids in the RFKC and the residents in the battered womens shelters deserved thousands, and we only delivered them hundreds, But even oceans fill one drop at a time, and every contribution that can be made to any of these excellent causes is to be lauded, appreciated, and regarded in a cloud of gratitude.
Thank you, Chris, for taking a lead in the movement of purposeful action, in faith, towards the Good. I have always believed that ours are the hands the Heavens have to work with, and it is only through our actions and commitments that a greater good is to be realized. That awesome quote that gets bandied about so many martial arts and gun fan sites, "The only thing necessary for evil men to succeed, is for good men to do nothing.". You acted, and well.
I absolutely loved it when Mr. White found a way to take a bunch of hairy pugilists, and unite them around a good cause. I am not a very talented tournament player or participant, and so looked for a different way to engage in effectively the sam ting. It was, IIRC, Mr. LaBounty who floated the idea of an Ohana/Camp to bring in the resources and attention of those not as tournamently inclined. We were originally thinking about just having a smoker with some hot-dog sales in the parking lot, but started getting better quality responses and professors willing to come out and play. And our first Ohana was born. Many of them only really made it because of Mr. Whites inspiration and participation; other kenpo OG's would come along at his suggestion, schools would come in from far reaches to sit in on their seminars, and monies would be raised to support worthy causes. We never had huge checks to write, but as Erik said in his opening speech yesterday, everybody's contribution counts, and if we can help even one kid, it was worthy. And whom among this kenpo community would stand by and witness a crime in action against an child, and not step in to intervene?
It was an awesome event, Chris. And if I haven't managed to excommunicate myself from it, I would love to help out in future Ohanas, in any way. Including staying behind to sweep up the floors and take out the trash -- the greatest service is often in the most humble places.
I had a great time teaching; a great time learning Mr. Coles break stance approach to maneuvering within the techniques and forms, and a blast getting beaten up by Mrs. Whites young women: One of your students, Chris, took the air right out of me, WITH the body shield and WITH me exhaling with the contact. GREAT SHOT!!!
I didn't get to see as much of some old friends and new friends as I like -- now I gotta go to the batcave to catch up with Doc, and will hopefully hang with Mr. Durgan before he splits up north. But all in all, it was a great day for a greater cause. Good on ya, Chris and Erik. And thank you.
Rotary has that simple saying: Service before self. You both embodied it brilliantly.