I'd personally like to thank all my family, friends, karate seniors and students, for their kind birthday wishes, and support of this blog.
More than anything, I hope it inspires you to self-train your karate, and 'really appreciate' that you can use your body, for such a wonderful activity. We must always appreciate our physical health, and youth, while we are still blessed with them!
My Grandmother, who is in her late 80's, still drives a car, and mows her own lawn (and it is not a granny flat). That certainly is a great example of discipline, and a tenacious future target, for anyone who trains in karate. She chooses to keep going, and physically pushes herself each day, this to me, is the perfect example of 'life-long discipline'.
Again, thank you all very much! And remember to appreciate what you have, when you still have it! And more importantly, keep active so you don't 'loose it' faster!
© André Bertel, Japan 2007