Those of you who have visited the blog here know that I speak occasionally of my practice of martial arts and, more specifically, the Japanese weapons art of kobudo.
I learned a short time ago that my kobudo instructor, Sensei Paul Harris, died in his sleep last night suddenly and unexpectedly.
He was a teacher, a mentor and a friend to a countless number of people. Few people who practice martial arts in the state of Wisconsin hadn’t at least heard of him. He had grown close to myself and many others at our karate school and his loss will be incalculable. His commanding presence and respect for all those who shared his love will not soon be replaced. I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to practice with him.
The kobudo program was one of his babies and his loss makes the future of the program as well as my personal attempt at achieving black belt later this year very much uncertain. But that’s the least of our concerns right now.
Please keep the family in your thoughts as they navigate a very difficult step of the journey.