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Everyone comes to a time when they meet someone who is more than just a Black Belt: Someone with ease and excellence in their Basics, Fighting and Katas. Someone who possesses calm confidence and rare wisdom. If it were only a matter of knowing technique, anyone could become that which is called a true Sensei. But it goes much deeper than that.
This book will teach you how to achieve the mental, physical and spiritual qualities of the Sensei so that you, too can walk this path.
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Eric Klein began his martial arts training in Isshinryu in 1974, just prior to his thirteenth birthday. He began teaching as a brown belt in 1979 and continued studying and teaching until "retiring" for personal reasons in 1984 as a San Dan, 3rd Degree Black Belt. At the time of his retirement, Eric had 40 first-place tournament wins in Kata (forms), Kumite (fighting) and weapons, as well as ten light-vs-heavyweight full-contact Black Belt wins. He has taught women's’ rape defense classes, hand-to-hand combat to the Armed Forces and self-defense for seniors on top of his regular classes. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1989, Eric discovered that there were no Isshinryu schools or classes in the greater Los Angeles area and gave up all hope of ever returning to it. In 1999, at age 37, Eric found an Isshinryu school in Palm Springs and had the honor of becoming the student of Sensei Arnold Sandubrae, Nana Dan, Hanchi ("Teacher of Masters"). Even though there was a fifteen year lapse in his studies, the spirit of Isshinryu and Karate itself never left his soul. He could no longer fight the urge to return, to learn and teach that which he felt blessed to learn and share a decade and-a-half earlier.
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