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GLENN LUSCHER, "GRANDMASTER OF THE YEAR"
WHAT'S BEHIND A HALL OF FAME AWARD
On December 5, 2003, the Northeast region of the United States was
preparing for a crippling snow storm that would shut down schools and
close airports. I, on the other hand, was on my way by car to 70
degree weather of Orlando, Florida.
Earlier in the year I received a letter of Induction into The Florida
Cosmopolitan Hall of Fame as "Grandmaster of The Year". The
distinguished honorees, the grandour of The Gaylord Palms, and the receiving
of a generous sized award, all provide for a wonderful memory I will carry
with me for a long time.
Although trophies, awards, and other recognition are a wonderful
addition to our careers in the Martial Arts, they certainly should not stand
out as the real treasures of the Martial Arts. The real treasures are
not what you can hang on a wall or place on a shelf, but rather, that which is
within us, yet visible by others, by what they see in us as Martial Atrist.
The treaures I am talking about are the treasures instilled in us by our
Instructors: the discipline to push ourselves harder, the desire to be the
best we can, approaching difficult situations with a positive attitude,
or respect for others. These things should become a part of the fabric
of our very being and a part of every activity we persue. What we learn
in the school may very well affect how we function and handle our affairs for
the rest of our lives. As others see our approach to life, they may
wonder about the degree of our success. Perhaps the root of our success
lies within what we learned from our Martial Arts training, and we should not
be timid about making this known.
What's behind an award? I Think we all need to answer this for
ourselves. For me, it represents a milestone I have reached in my life
as well as what I achieved in the Martial Arts. It stands as a testamony
as to what kind of a person I am. It means "live what we
teach". The further up the ladder we go within our individual
styles, the more we should be living what we have been taugh and what we will
teach to our students. To be a living example of discipline,
humility, integrity, intolorence, one who loves and respects all
life, is at the pentacle of Martial Arts training. It's not how
much am I into the Martial Arts, but, how much of
the Martial Arts is in me.
Sijo Glenn Luscher
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