SEMPAI'S DOJO

Sempai J. White

Welcome to the Sempai's page. .
Any and all martial artist, Taoist, Buddhist, Zen, and just curious are
welcome here. I am a Shito-Ryu Karate Do stylist. The following photos are from my dojo. Please feel free to e-mail me any Haikus, Koans, or poetry you may like or have written. If I like them, I'll post them here! A traditional Shito-ryu Karate class. I am the "Sempai" or assistant instructor. I am in the middle. My "Sensei" or teacher, stands to the right. "Kata" or basic exercise are the most important things to be learned in any martial art. Without good basics, advanced techniques are impossible. Here I am leading the class through standing basics. The "Kohai" or junior students are in "Shiko- Dachi" (horse stance) executing the basic punch. ________________________________________________________________________________

Haiku

Haiku is a 3 line, 17 sylable poem. The Haiku needs not make sense to to anyone but the writer. Here are a few of mine and a few of my favorites from others.

Karate unites
the body with the spirit
to make both stronger
Sensei Ray Villado, founder of Dokan Karate-Do

Fallen petals rise
back to the branch- I watch
Oh... butterflies
Moritaki

Snows fall, winds blow
storms come and go.
Grow straight and strong in "The Way", young sapling.
Sempai J. White

Great cities are built and fall
Great men too.
Matsu stands against the moonrise.
Sempai J. White

By polishing the
spirit, tarnished mirror will
shine, like a jewel.
Sensei Ray Villador

White snow drifting down
Forest peacefully serene
Footprints all around
Debbie Mitchel

Sitting silently
Doing nothing
Spring comes
And the grass grows by itself
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Koan

The Koan is a short Zen riddle used to meditate upon. You have probaly heard one of the most famous ones: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?". The Koan may, or may not, have an answer. That is not the point. The point of the Koan is to give the student something to focus on during meditation. The following are a few good ones. Some with answers, some without. Some oriental in nature, some not. As with anything on this page, if you have any you like, send them to me.

"When the Many are reduced to One, to what is the One reduced?" Zen Koan

"There ain't no way to find out why a snorer can't hear himself snore." Mark Twain

"When you can do nothing, what can you do?" Zen Koan

""What was your original face before your mother and father were born?" Zen Koan

"What is the color of the wind?" Zen Koan
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