IKS tagged posts

Ronin

Posted by Jason

March 3, 2012 The Present  2 comments

Note: This is a rather lengthy blog entry that might be really boring to people not intimately familiar with the Independent Karate School. You've been warned. I've been getting a lot of questions around my decision to leave the IKS earlier this week, and I wanted to explain my action to those who might be interested.  Earlier this week, I made a decision to leave the service of the Independent Karate School.  The IKS has been an important part of my life since I started there in 1984.  Most of my long term friendships related to my career at the dojo, and I have called the school my second home.  I am grateful for the experience that I have had there, and am saddened to leave. However, as my parents have taught me, and my sensei's later reinforce, I should always do what I feel is

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History repeats itself…

Posted by Jason

January 25, 2012 The PastThe Present  No comments

While growing up, my father was a car salesman. This meant that when the economy was good, my father made a lot of money - and when the economy was bad, well it was hard to make ends meet. 
As a kid, that meant that there were times when life was a little disappointing.  When things were overwhelming and I didn't have a shot at being a success.  I remember one particular moment when I was accepted to a summer program at Harvard, but couldn't go because we simply didn't have the money.Well, I feel that I've turned out okay.  I'm an Ivy League graduate who has married the love of his life and has two beautiful (and incredibly smart) children.

How did I get here? Why am I so lucky? I think I know.

First and foremost, I had a loving family who taught me to always have a positive

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The Boxer

Posted by Jason

April 8, 2011 The Past  No comments


In the clearing stands a boxer 
And a fighter by his trade 
And he carries the reminders 
Of ev'ry glove that layed him down 
Or cut him till he cried out 
In his anger and his shame 
"I am leaving, I am leaving" 
But the fighter still remains... 

I am saddened today that a longtime friend, mentor and instructor has left this world. O-Sensei Lou Desmarais has been an important part of my life since I was 9 years old.   

As a karate instructor and founder of the Independent Karate Schools, he has had a positive influence on hundreds of people's lives. One of the things that I will always remember is how important it was for him to *listen* and understand what was

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