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The Power of The Way
A Spiritual Journey
By Nodan

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Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_..nodan-karate. TABLE of CONTENTS Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Appendix Who is Nodan? Quan Li and Sensei The Way Life and Death Reflections The Five Principles 1 6 17 32 45 52 4 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .pdf http://www..

pdf http://www..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.nodan-karate..Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Warning ! The breaking and self-defense demonstrations shown in this book can be dangerous and should not be attempted without the supervision of a qualified instructor! 5 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .

I felt I had reached the limits of my physical power as a martial artist..pdf http://www. Along the way. after fifteen years of training and study.nodan-karate. and I began to search for an enlightenment experience that would take me beyond the natural limits of my physical ability. and if you passed me on the street you would hardly take notice. I had read stories about old masters who possessed superhuman strength. I first became aware of karate’s existence in the early 1960s when I saw an advertisement in a weight lifting magazine. Quan Li and Sensei. In due time. and promoted seven students to black belt. By the late 1970s. I was familiar with Western style boxing and wrestling but. Quan Li was a brilliant karate teacher who taught me a 6 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. 1 Chapter 1 Who is Nodan? In reality.. I enrolled in a traditional Okinawan karate school and became so captivated by this mysterious art that I traveled for an hour and a half each way to attend classes. Throughout the 1960s and 70s. I trained hard and familiarized myself with a variety of martial arts. I taught self-defense and karate. I am the kindly old grandfather living next door. karate seemed to be ideal for self-defense.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I met two teachers.

My intention was to use the video as a warning to martial artists against seeking supernatural strength as I did. Telling the Story I always knew I would tell this story someday.” and pointing to the awful acting and poor production values. some of them would not want to be associated with the incredible things described here. In 2004. Understandably. and training with him took me on a journey that would eventually lead to supernatural strength and the dark side. I concluded that Nodan and his message were dead.pdf http://www. But. in order to remain anonymous myself..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. The critics rightly savaged my film.nodan-karate. calling it “cheesy. 2 striking method that enabled me to double my striking power. So. I failed to effectively communicate my message and no one seemed get the point I was trying to make. I created the makebelieve karate master. Nodan. 7 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . I videotaped and produced a karate dvd that featured a series of board breaking demonstrations using my teacher Quan Li’s five striking principles. They recognized the power in the techniques but..Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. and that the identities of the people associated with the events described in this book would have to be protected. as a disguise. Sensei possessed superhuman power that went beyond form and technique.

8 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I will not profit financially from this book. 3 Then. So. For me. or guile. First. I want to make three clarifications. I hired a professional videographer to help edit the videos.. this book is the fulfillment of my obligation to tell this story. Second. and I do not want my YouTube readers to have to pay for it.pdf http://www. I discovered YouTube in 2009 and saw another opportunity to use my Nodan tapes. Third. and Lighthouse Productions started the nodankarate channel on YouTube. and I intend to remain anonymous. The Power of The Way. the important thing is to tell you the truth without exaggeration. prejudice.. and on the recollections of my wife and others. it is offered with each nodankarate video as a free internet download at: nodan-karate.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.com and nodan-karate. I have relied on the written notes that I recorded at the time of the events described. This time. Before beginning my story. I have not altered any of the facts. although the names of the persons in this book have been changed to protect their identities.mynetworksolutions.com These websites offer a short Nodan karate video and a pdf file of this book.nodan-karate.

4 The Nodan Character The Nodan character is more than just a comic disguise.. make no mistake.nodan-karate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I wore glasses. horizontal board breaking to show the amazing power in Quan Li’s striking techniques. I used suspended.pdf http://www. I filmed my demonstrations while in my late 50s. He also serves as a self-parody for my misguided quest to become a great martial arts master like Sensei. But. and a mustache.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.Nodan’s breaking demonstrations are real and provide tangible evidence for the extraordinary power in Quan Li’s striking method. 9 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . a beard. As a disguise..

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and he came to me hoping to learn some of the more advanced forms. he heard that I knew the complete Shotokan kata system.pdf http://www. After awhile. while he was leveraging his strength through proper bone alignment. The difference was astonishing. I wanted to meet Quan’s former karate teacher.. As we trained together for the first time.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Li was the best karateka I had ever seen. Through the martial arts grapevine. whom he always referred to as “Sensei. 6 Chapter 2 Quan Li and Sensei Quan Li was already an expert in Shaolin karate when I first met him in 1980. and I exchanged my well-worn black belt for the white belt of a beginner. the teacher.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. it soon became apparent to both of us that his karate was far superior to mine. I was baffled by the “heaviness” in his blocks and by the unusual power of his strikes. He graciously agreed to teach me his basics. I concluded that I would have to relearn all the fundamentals of my art if I was to ever approach Li’s level of expertise. I. He explained that I was using muscle power.” Quan was in awe of this man’s exceptional abilities and had told me amazing stories about him. had become the student. He arranged for us to meet 11 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .nodan-karate..

was teaching classes in traditional Japanese weapons (kobudo) and aikido. When I first met Sensei. “Jay. and when he performed his techniques. Quan Li had shown me the superiority of bone alignment over muscle strength. as we kneeled before him.nodan-karate.. Then. everything you know is wrong.” I was a psychologist with two advanced university degrees but. a powerful energy flowed through him. he expressed his skepticism as to where it would lead and concluded by telling us. and now I knew what kind of martial artist I wanted to become.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I knew immediately that he was everything that Quan had said about him. having concluded that the ferocious striking art no longer fit in a civilized society.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. After his class. I had met a true master. 7 with Sensei who. at that time. he would only agree to meet with us occasionally to give us a few pointers. His presence was different from that of other men. he looked at me and said. He advised me. somehow I knew Sensei was referring to more than just my knowledge of the martial arts. I asked Sensei if he would give us private instruction in his karate-do but. 12 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . that Sensei no longer taught karate.. but Sensei demonstrated a different kind of power that seemed to transcend this physical realm.” Sensei’s skepticism did not stop us from going back to see him several months later. however. he invited us onto the mat and.pdf http://www. “You’d have to be a saint to find The Way through karate today.

There was none. I felt certain he was some distance away because I could not sense anything close to me. When I turned to look he was standing ten feet away! I tried again.pdf http://www. Sensei moved behind me and instructed me not to look back until I could sense that his extended fist was very close to the back of my head. After this first lesson with Sensei..” I remember pausing and wondering if he was serious.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I waited until I could feel him almost touching me.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Somehow.nodan-karate. Sensei just stood there with a strange stare emanating from his eyes. he stood before me in a relaxed front stance with his arms hanging loosely at his sides. I intensified my home workouts and Quan and I continued to meet with him every few months to have him critique our progress in karate. he was able to extend and withdraw his ki (vital energy) at will. the side of my face lightly grazed his extended fist. I was more motivated than ever to continue with my training. Next. This time. I would later learn that he had used the sword attitude known as Happo Biraki (Open on all eight sides)1 to thwart any attack I may have been considering. But. 13 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . “Attack me. He said. I shifted into a front fighting stance and cautiously looked for an opening.. as I turned around to look. But. 8 At one point during our session. It was as if he was empty and had every possible attack covered.

. Quan Li was the best karateka I had ever seen. right along with me. 14 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . performing every repetition. and then practice. practice. I had to be shown every step of the way.nodan-karate.. I did not have Li’s natural ability or his genius at understanding the techniques. practice.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. I was a determined student. He taught proactively. 9 Quan proved to be as good a teacher as he was a martial artist. step for step.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. hanging on his every word and imitating his every move. until the movements became part of me. For my part.

Pictures of these past masters were displayed on the kamiza wall at the front of the dojo..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. To better access Sensei’s spiritual wisdom. I began to understand the deeper spiritual nature of the martial arts. Over time. 10 After training with Quan Li for nearly two years.nodan-karate. The dojo (training hall) was the “way-room” where the departed spirits of the masters meet with the followers of The Way. A Book of Five Rings. Quan and I continued to train together in karate but. was the philosophical basis for Sensei’s teaching. and he scoffed at the casual use of the title by some Western practitioners of the arts. The kamiza was a wall of honor and the “alter of god..Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. The kneeling bow included sitting meditation (zazen).” and at the beginning and end of each workout. studying with Sensei added a whole new perspective to my understanding of the martial arts. one in each hand. in which the long and short swords are wielded simultaneously. 15 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . a true sensei was an “enlightened” teacher. which is intended to empty the mind. According to Quan. I made a momentous decision. Sensei was a master of Miyamoto Musashi’s two swords style. Sensei would lead the class through a ceremonial bow before it. I joined his school and traveled nearly an hour and a half each way. in order to take formal classes with him. Musashi’s classic guide to strategy.pdf http://www. For Sensei. thus making it more receptive to the martial spirits.

Referring to his martial art. “This is my religion. Gogen “The Cat” Yamaguchi.” 16 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . I talk to the samurai warriors of old and to the fighters who are yet to come. can be seen kneeling before his crystal ball. “Way of The Sword. The I Ching is a Chinese divination system.nodan-karate.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. The film’s commentator translates the Goju-ryu master’s words: “In my crystal ball I conjure up spirits of past and future.pdf http://www.. Master Yamaguchi was a 10th degree black belt and a Shinto priest. 11 In the 1976 documentary film.” the late Japanese karate master.”2 While the dojo served as the focal point for Sensei’s spiritual connection with his martial art.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. astrology and the I Ching (Book of Changes) were also important to his occult practice. summoning the martial spirits. and I once observed Sensei having a reading done by an expert in that esoteric art.. Sensei once commented to me. and the secrets they tell me I pass on through my karate school.

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which he believed to be a gift from the Martial Spirit.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.. and that he was determined to continue training until he was enlightened.nodan-karate. 18 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . He explained how he had been earnestly seeking “the truth” through karate-do.pdf http://www. One time.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. I asked him how he had come by his great martial arts ability and extraordinary physical prowess. He told me about a special visitation that he received from the Martial Spirit a number of years earlier. Sensei would often receive a revelation about a technique. 13 Sensei taught Kendo (The Way of the Sword).. Sensei and the Martial Spirit During his classes.

” and.. “Do you want it to stop?” He recalled that he had only a split second to decide. Years later.nodan-karate. 19 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . or the miraculous power would be gone. he would acknowledge that it took him some time to learn what to do with the “entirely new energy” he received from the Martial Spirit on “that fateful day. you should be dead before you hit the floor!” Quan told me about one incident that happened years earlier while he was training at Sensei’s former karate dojo. Sensei believed that he could see beyond the kata and uncover any weaknesses in the techniques.pdf http://www. Sensei gave demonstrations where he bent steel bars and broke rocks with his bare hands. “I love my strength. After this profound spiritual experience.” Sensei’s Power In his younger days.. “If I hit you. “Once you have the Martial Spirit no one will ever fight you. a tremendous power entered into his body and he heard an audible voice ask. He chose to accept it and became Sensei. 14 Sensei’s final breakthrough came as he was practicing the Heian Godan kata.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. As he turned and started down the middle with the double arm block. Quan recalls Sensei telling him. the most powerful martial artist I have ever seen.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Li told me that Sensei had once confided to him.” On other occasions.

in less than a minute Joey Dunn walked through the dojo door! Zen Master and Samurai Although Sensei never referred to himself as such. he told me he had been allowed to 20 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Not only did the gang scatter and run for their lives but. and his belief in reincarnation was important to his philosophical world view. according to Li..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. 15 During class one night. To our astonishment. Immediately. In front of the barroom. and roaring like a lion. a fight broke out in front of the tavern down the road. One time.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.nodan-karate. and the loud commotion sent Sensei and his students running into the street to see what was happening. Sensei’s ferocious kiai yell terrified him and the other students as well! Sensei also had psychic abilities and could perceive things that others couldn’t see. he abruptly stopped and said he could feel the presence of Joey Dunn. For example. I saw him as a self-styled Zen master who blended Buddhist and Taoist philosophies into his traditional martial arts. Sensei went running toward them with his fist raised in the air. He viewed himself as a modern day samurai. a former student who had moved away from the area a year earlier. one evening during our class. they could see a gang of men beating a man who was lying on the ground..

nodan-karate. Considering the negative things he often said about Jesus. Some years later. and that this had caused him much grief.. and then claimed to have no memory of ever having said it. I went back and asked him why he would have told us such a thing. the most shocking thing I ever heard him say concerned his comparison between the power of Jesus Christ and the tremendous power of the martial arts at their highest level. this statement made no rational sense at all. Then. grab a hold of Jesus Christ.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Another time. if you think the power of the martial arts is something. and Jesus and Christianity were the frequent targets of his sarcastic wit.pdf http://www. he admitted that in the past several people had told him that he often said things that later he didn’t remember saying. Sensei made many Zen-like statements. 16 remember who he was in a previous life. “Boys. after a slight pause. He said to us. There’s a power that’ll knock you right on your ass!” How startling it was to hear these words from Sensei. he showed Quan a book with the picture of a 19th century samurai that he claimed was a photograph of himself that had been taken during his former lifetime. Sensei gave me a surprised and embarrassed look.. who spoke them with the authority of someone who had firsthand knowledge of the fact. By far. 21 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.

pdf http://www. Jewish kabbalists.” and Sensei’s karate-do. I built a dojo in my house. aikido. For the traditional martial arts. 17 Chapter 3 The Way For the Chinese martial arts. The Home Dojo Following Quan Li’s example. I mounted a portrait of the karate master. and signifies a path that embraces a philosophy of life intended to lead its followers to enlightenment. On either side of him. and I spent many hours in my home dojo practicing to focus and expand my mind. I placed the pictures of masters Ueshiba and Kano. and Muslim Sufis have all used this tool to explore the deeper mysteries of life. Christian mystics. Meditation practices can be found in most religious traditions around the world. the 22 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . The Japanese word used to designate The Way is “do.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Gichen Funakoshi. On the wall of honor (kamiza).Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.nodan-karate. the tao (dao) means The Way. and kobudo were three different expressions of his budo (martial way)... Indian yogis. some form of Taoist or Buddhist meditation is fundamental to The Way.

Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. On two occasions. Another time. each week Quan and I trained together for three to four hours. practicing Sensei’s karate workout would gradually burn away the ego.. Striking the Makiwara 23 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . respectively.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. such was the power being generated during our practice. Soon we began to experience unusual strength during our training. the wooden floor in the dojo mysteriously vibrated beneath us as we trained. According to Quan. 18 founders of aikido and judo.pdf http://www. the ego must be completely destroyed.nodan-karate. The ultimate goal of my training was enlightenment. we broke the makiwara striking post. So. and to reach the highest level..

19 The strength we were experiencing was exhilarating and steeled my determination to reach beyond the physical limits of my power. deceptively building it up. During the week.. curious to see if the cat would be aware of the ghostly presence in the corner. he appeared in the doorway to make his routine inspection of the dojo. What was intended to destroy my ego was. One night as Quan and I were training. After a short time. What I could not see at that time. I often practiced Sensei’s karate-do workout for three to four hours a day on my own. he veered off and went straight to the spot where Kay had just encountered the spirit. She followed the energy with her hands and then traced the invisible outline of a “person” standing in the corner! When Kay realized what she had just done. the energy in the dojo seemed to be exceptionally strong.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. shortly after Kay’s encounter with the spirit. 24 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Quan and I watched.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. He sat down and stared at the invisible figure. however.nodan-karate. she became spooked and hurried out the door. Kay entered the dojo and moved slowly toward the right side of the kamiza wall.. Sylvester began his slow walk along the back wall of the dojo when suddenly. We had a black and white cat named Sylvester and. in fact. After we finished our workout. I asked my wife Kay to come into the room to see if she could feel anything unusual. was that the training was increasing my ego with the pride of becoming more and more powerful.

20 he stood up and walked out of the room. Quan and I had just finished our evening workout.. Later that evening. They brought with them a Ouija Board. It includes a planchette (wooden indicator). a device used to channel messages from the spirit world. and we all decided to take the board into the dojo and ask it some questions. Funakoshi.nodan-karate. which just happened to coincide with the height of the diminutive karate master. The Séance My former student Gary came with his wife.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. We lit several candles and turned off the lights.. Deedee.pdf http://www. to visit. we began.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. The board displays all the letters of the alphabet and the numerals 0 through 9. “Is Master Funakoshi’s spirit in this dojo?” 25 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . I believe it was associated in some way with the martial spirits we would soon encounter during a remarkable Ouija Board séance. which is used to point out the letters and numbers as they are being channeled from the spirits. I don’t know whether or not it was Funakoshi’s ghost in the dojo that night but. Then. Deedee and Kay placed their fingers lightly on the planchette and we asked our first question. whose picture graced my kamiza wall. with pen and paper in hand. Kay recalled that the spirit was about five feet tall.

The sword moves with wisdom. “For true believers. “Who is speaking to us?” The spirit’s reply was enigmatic and poetic.” We asked. Few will develop the gift given by .” Quan and I knew that the spirit was referring to us.” The message stopped. “Does Master Funakoshi live in the flesh?” “I. however. I wrote down the letters and to our amazement.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. The truth is in this room. “Like the sky. “Given by whom?” “It must start from within. Li asked. Deedee.” “Are we following the right path?” “Many have trained.pdf http://www. but we persisted. he. Kay became unnerved by the channeling experience and stopped using the planchette. was able to continue on her own.” At this point. . you. “Which two is he here for?” The answer was.” Quan asked. 21 The planchette began to move and paused briefly over ten letters on the board’s alphabet. all is open.. “Is Master Ueshiba here?” “All are here if you learn the truth. . the message spelled out the words “Only for two.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.nodan-karate. One of us asked.” Kay gasped and exclaimed that Master Funakoshi’s picture on the kamiza wall had just become three dimensional and had projected itself out towards her! 26 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM ..

Li wanted to know if he would ever teach classes again. “Will Jay and Quan become masters?” “All will be known when each level is attained. “Is Quan destined to teach in the future?” “Giving is receiving the ki.” We knew something extraordinary was happening. 22 Kay had seen enough and left the room declaring. Only the beginning is looked upon . Deedee knew almost nothing about the martial arts or the Zen-like answers she was channeling. she wasn’t even looking at the board! As we progressed further into the séance. I watched her eyes to see if she could be choosing the letters but.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. All masters believe. “What kata level should Quan be training?” “Good-bye.” Quan tried another line of questioning. “Was Quan a samurai in a previous life? “The tree bears fruit.nodan-karate. know not more than are given. .pdf http://www. the planchette’s movements became increasingly rapid until I could barely record the letters as fast as Quan and Gary called them out. At certain times. and when she saw it written out.” Quan was eager to ask about his own training and he asked.. she asked why “key” was spelled “ki?” 27 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Seek only what is in the heart.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. “I’m out of here!” The four of us continued. .” This answer was puzzling to Deedee..

“Will karate-do die with Sensei?” The spirit gave us a vague answer: “Like the seasons winter sleeps. Slowly spring comes.” I asked. 23 Deedee had no knowledge of this Japanese word and its reference to energy. “Look to yourself. I give to two with much to learn.” “Can we improve this dojo for you? “Falling leave. Quan told me about an old spiritualist minister named Bertha who gave psychic readings.nodan-karate. I went to her a number of times hoping to gain additional insight into the spirit world. “Can you finish this statement?” “Greed is given to all.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. contacting these martial spirits reinforced my conviction that I was following the right path to enlightenment and encouraged me to search ever deeper into the mysteries of the spirit realms. “What is the ki?” The spirit answered.. We persisted. Have…” The planchette suddenly stopped moving.. One of us asked.” Quan asked. For me.” With that. “Will I ever teach again?” “You will grow through giving to the teachings. the spirits stopped communicating and the séance was over. 28 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.pdf http://www. The Medium After the séance.

not you.. and I have no doubt that she was in contact with the spirit realm. “Now as I come into close contact with you…” Immediately. Bertha was able to give details about my family that she could not have known beforehand. and then she began to speak in tongues. information was channeled through her Indian guide. 24 Bertha lived in an old house in a poor section of town. she never revealed any specific information that was useful to me but. exist. not all of them connected to me. “No. I got the impression there were a number of departed souls. We sat down opposite each other and Bertha reached across the table and took hold of both my hands. I realized that I had no way of knowing for certain who she was talking with. Occasionally.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. she did help increase my awareness that a spirit world separate from this material one did. she led me through the house into a gloomy kitchen where she informed me that a five hundred year old Native American spirit guide had been assigned to act as her psychic gatekeeper. or whether all the information 29 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . in fact. After this.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.pdf http://www. She closed her eyes and paused briefly.nodan-karate. who were trying to get messages through this gateway from the other side. Bertha would shake her head disapprovingly and speak out. Surprisingly. In the end.” to spirits that she didn’t want coming through. she opened her eyes and said.. On my first visit.

pdf http://www. she became irritated with me and explained that spiritualists had been using the spirit board in their religious practice since the1800s..nodan-karate.. 25 being channeled was accurate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Picture of Master Funakoshi became three dimensional during the séance. and that Parker Brothers’ marketing it as a parlor game had trivialized its importance and put an uninformed public at risk. 30 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . But. After all. what would prevent the spirits from lying or deceiving me? I told Bertha about our Ouija Board séance and asked for her opinion of the messages we received.

Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. you’re going to see the ‘real’ power of the martial arts!” 31 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . my martial arts had undergone a total transformation.nodan-karate.. if it was that simple. Damien told me how he had grown up with the occult and that he was very psychic. and used the occult in my pursuit of enlightenment. why didn’t any of his students possess his special kind of power? Why didn’t Quan Li. Damien made this bold pronouncement: “Now that I’m going to be training with you. Then he made the astounding claim that he knew where Sensei’s power came from.. 26 Damien Wilson After five years of training with Quan Li and Sensei.pdf http://www. I had immersed myself in Zen philosophy. who by now was a master himself? Damien Wilson was a relative of one of our neighbors. Damien had never studied a martial art so.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. practiced deep meditation. But. one evening I brought him with me to Quan’s dojo to try our karate.” and that all we had to do was ask for it and expect to receive it. Finally. Along the way. and that he could take thoughts out of peopl e’s heads. He said he experienced astral projection (soul travel) while sleeping. Sensei often told us that his power came from “God. and he heard that I practiced karate and asked if he could train with me sometime. During our drive to Quan Li’s.

Then suddenly. Ordinarily. Quan and I agreed that Damien Wilson was one of the weakest and most uncoordinated men we had ever seen attempt to learn a martial art! To us. After class. you’re going to get this. 32 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . But.nodan-karate.. and when you do you’re going to come back at me. ‘You ___ ___ son of a bitch!’” I was totally dumbfounded. The Demonic Exchange After this.pdf http://www. Sensei talked with Quan and me as Damien looked on. Damien and Sensei had no interaction at all. He was telling us about the kind of total commitment it would take to make the final breakthrough to enlightenment. 27 But. Damien wanted to meet Sensei so. Sensei was friendly toward visitors and it was his custom to sit next to them at the back of the dojo and explain the workout as a senior student led the class. I arranged for him to accompany me to a class.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.. his grandiose declarations about himself and Sensei seemed delusional.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. by the end of the workout. I doubt there was even one word exchanged between the two of them during the entire evening. He said that we had to want it more than anything in the world and expect it to happen. Sensei pointed at me and declared. “Jay. The two men sat on opposite ends of the bench and ignored each another.

he rolled up his sleeves and exposed large swollen welts on his forearms. “Me and Sensei have an understanding. and when I asked Quan about it again several weeks later. But. He answered. I witnessed a truly amazing thing.nodan-karate..” Say what? Now.pdf http://www. Quan pointed his finger in Damien’s face and told him sternly. I watched Damien slowly walk over to Quan and stand in front of him.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. he had no memory of it ever happening. you’re killing my arms!” Then. John Bauer. remarkably. Quan stopped and exclaimed. after our first pass.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. At the first opportunity. “Jay. Suddenly. I paired off with another karateka. he was trying to go right down into my one point!” None of this made any sense to me. John suddenly sprang backwards. “That’s not going to work!” Damien showed no reaction and slowly moved away.” Later. I was completely baffled by the events of that evening. During the workout. 28 On our drive home from class. 33 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Quan and I began the same three-step exercise. As we bowed to one another before engaging. face to face. I took Quan aside and asked him what that incident with Damien had been about. to practice three-step sparring. “Oh. Damien expressed his satisfaction with his visit with Sensei and announced. Damien went with me for a second time to train at Li’s dojo.. he confided to me that he had been startled by my “piercing black eyes. as if he’d just seen a ghost! Several weeks later.

Unbeknown to me. I had managed to repress the strange events that had happened during the previous evening. I sat up in disbelief..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. however. and the weird energy that had manifested itself in my lower spine seemed to have disappeared. the sensation was too real for me to believe it was delusional. But. and I could not help thinking that Damien Wilson was somehow connected with this bizarre phenomenon. about the size of a softball. I could not begin to imagine what could have caused these unusual occurrences with both John and Quan. 29 This was shocking because we had been practicing this exercise together with full power punches and blocks for nearly five years. I continued on in my pursuit of enlightenment. Quan and I would never train together again. and it moved slowly up and down my spine. The next morning I called him. I became aware of an eerie sensation in my lower back. and I believed him. hoping that this alien feeling was only a figment of my imagination. As I lay in bed that night.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. As fate would have it. but he insisted that he didn’t know anything about it.pdf http://www.nodan-karate. It was a cool energy. Now.. that evening would become even stranger after I returned home. 34 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . By the end of the day. unaware of the coming storm that was about to engulf Kay and me. and neither of us had suffered so much as a minor bruise.

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In his karate organization. While channel surfing on the television. This. She heard him say that whenever you bow down before an idol or insignificant picture. I was relieved to get back home and have Kay pick me up at the airport. she came across a program where the speaker was teaching about the Bible’s prohibitions against idolatry.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. and I had to interrupt my training routine to visit my relatives.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Sensei’s enigmatic words about my “getting it” had made a deep impression on me. For me. the timing was especially inconvenient because I had the growing conviction that I was getting very close to a major breakthrough.nodan-karate.. 32 Chapter 4 Life and Death Another two weeks passed. the 5th degree signified that the karateka had reached the highest level of physical performance in his art.. and Quan had recently presented me with an honorary Godan rank (5th degree black belt). On our drive home. 37 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . she began to tell me about the frightening events that had happened to her during my absence. reinforced my belief that I was getting very close to my goal. too.pdf http://www. So. there will be a demonic spirit behind it.

Kay began to feel angry over her situation.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. “Whoa! I can feel it. The next morning. But. Kay heard him exclaim. At the thought of taking the kamiza pictures down. she had her own special relationship with God since she was a little 38 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.pdf http://www. When Wayne entered the dojo.nodan-karate. Kay felt a negative energy begin to swirl around her head. and then left. Then.” Wayne took the pictures down and placed them on the floor. 33 He went on to describe the power that one can get from bowing down before images. the malevolent energy that had swirled around her head the day before returned with a fury and buzzed around her like a swarm of angry bees.. Kay was not an outwardly religious person but. She wondered if she should remove the pictures that were hanging in the dojo upstairs. when he began to slowly step through a kata. and Kay couldn’t help thinking about the extraordinary strength Quan and I experienced during our training. She resented being intimidated in her own home and decided it was not enough to just take the pictures down. he could feel a strange energy in the room. Unnerved and afraid. she telephoned one of my former black belt students and asked him to come to the house and take the pictures down. as she mustered her courage and started up the stairs to remove them.. She wanted them out of her house.

it was late and I was tired from traveling.. she hurried up the stairs and into the dojo. She prayed for protection and could feel a defensive shield surround her. By the time we arrived home. Then.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. that’s not me. 34 girl. After telling me these things. What was so obvious to her was still hidden from me. I told Kay the pictures were not important and that I would deal with that situation the next day. The eyes in the face reflected back at me were not my eyes! They were black and piercing. grabbed the pictures off the floor. I went in and assumed a fighting stance facing the mirror on the 39 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . and took them out to the garage. I remember shaking my head and saying aloud.” Somehow. I wasn’t upset at all.nodan-karate. I was unaware of my deep spiritual attachment to my martial art.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.pdf http://www. and had an alien intelligence of their own. Perplexed.. Kundalini Fire (the Power of the Serpent) The next morning I woke up late. Kay said she understood how important the dojo was to me and that she hoped I wouldn’t be too upset that she had removed the pictures. an amazing thing happened. I got up and approached the mirror. I intuitively knew that the answer to this curious phenomenon was in the dojo across the hall. “No. But. As I sat up in the bed and peered into the dresser mirror across the room.

except this was no fantasy..nodan-karate. For the first time. I realized that the real source of Sensei’s incredible physical prowess was demonic. intensifying as it moved upwards toward my head. “Okay. 35 closet door. With this revelation. I stepped back and declared to myself in the mirror. show me the kundalini fire. I don’t want it!” The vision faded and the energy receded back into my lower spine. that strange bundle of cool energy that I had experienced several weeks earlier manifested itself again at the base of my spine. The supernatural strength I felt was both thrilling and terrifying. I watched in the mirror as Sensei’s face suddenly superimposed itself over my own.pdf http://www.” At once. This was really happening.. In horror. the monstrous.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. I knew I was in the 40 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Because I was seeing its reflection. as if from some otherworldly realm.a blackness where the only reality was my conscious mind. without thinking. it rose up and began to radiate throughout my body. I was instantly transported to a place of indescribable emptiness. and a feeling of dread swept over me. It was like being in a three dimensional horror movie. “If this is what it is. With a sudden rush. Panic stricken. and then morphed into a demon of enormous ferocity and power. Those same piercing black eyes stared back at me and. I beckoned to them and said. holographic-like image appeared to leap out at me with a thunderous roar.

I needed to do some errands. This was all too confusing for me to comprehend.pdf http://www. where spirit is nothingness and consciousness does not exist. caught in an eternal “now” beyond time and space. the horrific vision gradually faded away.forever separated from my family and friends..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. I began thinking about what I should do. I had no intentions of telling anyone. what had just happened because who could believe it? I was a trained psychologist and had just experienced phenomena that were considered symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia! Besides. Mercifully. the thought occurred 41 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . With me was the complete record of everything I had ever done in my thirty-eight years on this earth. to my shock and dismay. I could see how this hell was of my own making because of the life choices I had made. and deed that I had ever committed.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. especially my wife. thought. I existed in a disembodied state. 36 outer darkness of hell because I had embraced the void. After being away for five days.. So. I resolved to correct that situation. But now. Stunned.nodan-karate. but Kay’s earlier experience with removing the pictures of the masters seemed to suggest that these unsettling phenomena were somehow related to my bowing down before the kamiza pictures. As I drove to the post office. and anything good. This included every unloving and self-centered word. for educated people like me the belief in demons and hell was part of the superstitious mythology of the past.

37 to me to replace the pictures of the masters with something different.nodan-karate. So. and place my original black belt certificate and the honorary Godan award I received from Quan on either side of it.pdf http://www.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. hoping that my world would now return to normal. without realizing it. two piercing black eyes glared back at her. Then. she dropped the strip of paper back into the basket and hurried down the stairs to tell me. I took one last look at my redesigned kamiza and went down to dinner. she reached into the bathroom trash basket and pulled out a narrow strip of paper.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. 42 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . as she was washing out the bathtub. a hateful male voice threatened her saying. I found another picture of Master Funakoshi in the dojo closet. Afterwards. Terrified... Vile Threats After dinner. which I tore into strips and discarded into the bathroom trash basket. I would now be bowing down before myself! I returned home and mounted the mirror and certificates on the wall. “I could get you!” Then. Kay was shocked by the filth and vulgarity of the threats and without thinking. I decided to mount a mirror on the kamiza wall. On it. Kay went upstairs to take her evening bath. it described how it would violate her with the most heinous abuses imaginable.

After this.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. or of my tearing up Funakoshi’s picture and putting it in the bathroom trash. Kay knew nothing about my earlier encounter with the ferocious Martial Spirit. I found several books written by Master Funakoshi and a prized personal letter from Sensei. My heart sank. and burned them. 43 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . There was dead silence… and then I realized that the evil spirit that had just threatened Kay was from the same demonic realm as the monstrous Martial Spirit that had morphed out of me earlier that morning.pdf http://www. I was there. 38 I was too confounded for words. I now had confirmation that we were experiencing a very different kind of reality. Besides the two certificates mounted on the kamiza. the thought suddenly occurred to me that nothing purges like fire.” I now understood what he meant. The Purging Fire As I stood staring through the bathroom doorway. I went up the stairs and stood just outside the bathroom doorway. Sensei had warned us. I picked out the torn strips of Funakoshi’s picture from the trash basket and went downstairs and lit a fire in the living room fireplace.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. “The highest level of the martial arts is controlled insanity. I went through the dojo closet to see what else should be burned..nodan-karate. This was something I did not know how to fight..

The uncanny picture could have passed for the work of a skilled charcoal artist..3 They seemed to be asking me.nodan-karate. a fierce Hindu warrior god. His ferocious. On the jacket cover was a photograph of a 14th century statue of Kongorikishi. an incredible thing happened. and then a single page was presented before my eyes.pdf http://www. As I placed the last section into the fire. 44 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .. It was the ferocious face of Kongorikishi. and portraits of the masters. “Do you really want to give up this beautiful art that has become such an important part of your life? ” As the last few pages of the book were consumed in the fire. rank certificates. just as he appeared on the jacket cover of Funakoshi’s book! Somehow. “spirit released” visage was eerily similar to the demonic face that had appeared to me earlier in the day. the demon had seared its raging image onto the fireplace brick. Kay pointed to an image that appeared inside the fireplace.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. There was a sudden pause. 39 One of books was Funakoshi’s Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text. so I separated it from its binding and began tearing off sections and feeding them to the fire. I understood that getting free from these demonic spirits was going to cost me more than a few karate books. The pages began to slowly turn.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. By now. It was the one page in the book that displayed a series of old photographs of Master Funakoshi in various kata poses. as if by some invisible hand. The book was too thick to burn all at once.

and now Jesus was asking me to give it all up for him? To live without the martial arts was unthinkable but. Although I was raised in the church. with this new realization that demons and hell are real. This was my religion. could I keep my beloved karate and live with Sensei’s controlled insanity? I wasn’t ready to give up my art so. I had trained for twenty years and had developed tremendous power in my karate.. As an adult. My identity was as a martial artist. I continued to search out and destroy more and more items that had been associated with my twenty years of training. “Do you love me more than these?” My heart dropped into my stomach. somehow the message of God’s love. I had concluded that Jesus may have been one of history’s great ethical teachers but. But now. as revealed in Jesus. I imagined that Jesus was sitting in the chair across from me and asking.. could Jesus be more than just another enlightened teacher? At once. had never become a reality for me.nodan-karate. nothing more. 40 Do you love me more than these? We all live within the context of our environmental experiences. 45 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.my path to enlightenment and ultimate truth.pdf http://www. I had to ask myself the question.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. I felt a spiritual oneness when practicing Sensei’s karate-do workout and it had become my sacred rite.

I chose death. It was a brass plaque with the kanji symbol for “hope. had Sensei exchanged his soul for the power of the Martial Spirit? For me. But.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. abandoned and alone. . my mind kept going back to the time when Quan and I gave Sensei a small token of our appreciation. and I knew that choosing Jesus would mean never practicing my sacred rite again.nodan-karate.pdf http://www. I could not help but wonder . An incredibly warm and wonderful Spirit of Love poured in from above and filled the void with a profound sense of peace- 46 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . I also knew that Jesus had told his followers. 41 But.”4 I finally chose to sacrifice my life and identity as a martial artist.” I remembered how Sensei had taken the plaque with both hands and said mournfully... and I could feel my life force literally drain out from my bowels onto the floor. an extraordinary thing happened. . I chose Jesus. “Whoever does not take up his execution-stake and follow me is not worthy of me. And then. training in the martial arts had become synonymous with practicing Sensei’s karate-do workout.” Now. and I knew that switching my allegiance from the Martial Way to Jesus would mean a psychological death for me. I became an empty shell. In an instant everything I had hoped to be was gone. “I have no hope.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. The way of the warrior is the resolute acceptance of death. The soul of a samurai is in his hara.

Now. you got to come see this!” I followed her back into the living room and she pointed to the fireplace. things would work out according to His will.”5 I don’t know how long I remained in that sublime state of bliss but. at some point I went into the kitchen to make a cup of hot tea while Kay watched the last embers of the fire burn themselves out. Now. “Jay. 42 a peace that is far beyond my ability to describe in wordsa peace that surpasses all understanding.pdf http://www. I had become a follower of Jesus with a new identity.nodan-karate. The dead. detached sense of peace I had experienced as a martial artist was replaced by a miraculous living peace. over the next ten days Kay and I would gain a 47 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .. Suddenly. This was a dramatic sign that the powers of darkness had been defeated when I chose Jesus. she came running into the kitchen exclaiming. pathetic looking face.. The Aftermath The Martial Spirit that had entered into me had been expelled but. and that from that moment on. I understood what Jesus meant when he declared.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. To my amazement.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. “Whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it. the ferocious demonic image that had been seared onto our fireplace brick had been transformed into a tortured. I knew that God’s Spirit of Love is real.

nodan-karate. We now understood that demonic energy could infect physical objects. Then. Unexplainable incidents such as the house lights flickering on and off and the toilets mysteriously flushing made us realize that the demonic infestation in our home would need further purging.. I remembered that the wicker chair in the corner had been used in my karate school nearly ten years earlier. As each day passed. This included a substantial amount of furniture and equipment dating back some twenty years. 43 new level of awareness and understanding of these demonic spirits. We believe a guardian angel miraculously cushioned her fall.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. We had a friend who was the assistant pastor at a church several towns away. There were strange vibrations coming from our bed and from the kamiza wall in the dojo. and he understood our predicament and offered to remember us in his 48 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . more and more contaminated items and demonic manifestations continued to appear..pdf http://www. and I gathered up a number of items that had been associated with my past training and took them to the town dump. and Kay kept feeling a negative energy when she was in our bedroom. One time Kay felt her foot pulled out from under her as she started down the stairway. Our home had been infested. She took a frightening tumble but landed softly and suffered no injuries. and as a family we were feeling unsettled and not sleeping well. often accompanied by the strong smell of sulfur.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.

For us. at their weekly meeting the night before. Had anything in our home situation changed? Then.pdf http://www.. Kay and I realized that the atmosphere in our house had indeed changed.nodan-karate. this became a powerful lesson in how prayer really can change things. The malaise that we had been feeling for the past ten days was gone. he telephoned us in the morning and asked how we had slept the previous night. Then he told us that.. 44 prayers. After a week. he and the deacons at his church had prayed for our deliverance from all the demonic presence in our home.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. 49 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . and our home felt peaceful and normal again.

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Chapter 5

Reflections
You have now read the account of some of the lifechanging events that happened to Kay and me more than twenty-five years ago. I have left out some incidents and details because I do not want to give the dark side any more notoriety than is necessary to convey my message. Unfortunately, today’s proliferation of occult themes through books, movies, and video games is causing many people to think that the spirit realms are only a fantasy. But, this could not be further from the truth. From my experience, I learned that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and that our consciousness continues on after death. I also discovered that hell and demons are real. This being so, I am equally certain that heaven and angels are real. But, by far the most profound part of my experience was the spiritual connection I made with Jesus. It was in those moments of sublime peace that the reality of his Spirit of Love penetrated my soul, and I knew without a doubt that he was real. In spite of my rejection of Him, God loved me enough to deliver me from spiritual darkness. He loves all people at all times and calls every soul to His divine Light.

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46 The Near Death Experience In recent years, a number of authors have written books describing how they “died” from a sudden illness or trau matic event, and then traveled to spirit worlds. This phenomenon is known as the near death experience (NDE). Two accounts that have been especially helpful for my understanding of the spirit worlds are those written by George Ritchie and Howard Storm. Both men met Jesus in the spirit realm and experienced the same miraculous Spirit of Love that filled me when I chose him as Lord. In Return from Tomorrow, George Ritchie describes the love he felt when he encountered Jesus as a divine Man of Light: “Above all, with that same mysterious inner certainty, I knew that this Man loved me. Far more even than power, what emanated from the Presence was unconditional love. An astonishing love. A love beyond my wildest imagining.”6 In My Descent into Death, Howard Storm writes about the love he experienced when he met Jesus during his near death experience: “I experienced love in such intensity that nothing I had

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47 ever known before was comparable. His love was greater than all human love put together. His love totally enveloped me, and I realized that he was indescribably wonderful: goodness, knowledge, power, and love. He was more loving than one can begin to imagine or describe. Jesus did love me.”7 Love is The Way In the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew’s Gospel (chapters 5-7), Jesus sets forth his ethical teaching. He summed up the Torah and the Prophets by saying that we should treat others as we would want them to treat us. He taught the people to love their enemies and be peacemakers, to be forgiving and merciful, and not to pass judgment on others. He advised them to keep a humble spirit and not to amass wealth, but rather to be generous and caring toward the poor and needy. During his earthly ministry, Jesus attracted a diverse group of followers and broke with the social norms of his day. His traveling entourage included women and a number of marginalized people who were considered to be “sinners” by the religious establishment. Many of these people had little in common with one another. Jesus taught them that loving their neighbors as themselves was the same as loving him,8 and shortly before his

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or some other denomination..’ Question: But which one is that? There are good people in bad religions and there are bad people in good religions. Religions are a vehicle to take you to a destination.nodan-karate. which is the best religion? The answer he received reveals the true purpose of religion. ‘The religion that brings you closest to God.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.”9 The Best Religion During his near death experience.. They answered. Howard Storm had the opportunity to ask the question. Continue on loving each other in the same way that I have loved you. along with a stern warning: “ Question: Which is the best religion? I was expecting them to answer with something like Methodist or Presbyterian or Catholic. The purpose of religion is to help you have a 53 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another. he gave this new commandment to his disciples: “I am giving you a new command. 48 departure from this earthly realm. It is not so important which religion.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. but what individuals do with the religion they have been given.

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49 personal relationship with God… If we find God in an intimate, loving relationship, then we are going the right way. Too often people find religion to be self-serving, interested in perpetuating itself and controlling people’s lives in order to be dominant… God abhors religion that creates divisiveness between people, that justifies violence, that promotes pride in self-righteousness.”10 Jesus knew there would be people who followed him out of self-interest rather than out of love. So, he warned that many of them who called him ‘Lord,’ and who did great things in his name, would be rejected in the end because their motivations were wrong and their actions were evil. Then, he concluded by saying that everyone who hears his words must choose to act on them, or face destruction.11 The Arrow of Time Time is like a flowing river. It moves in one direction and never stands still. In physics, this is referred to as the “arrow of time.” Jesus told his followers, “Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”12 He understood that every mistake we make, whether unintentional or not, carries with it the irreversible consequences of cause and effect. We reap what we sow, and even our thoughts have energy that gives

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50 us the power to affect both the physical and spiritual worlds. But, human beings are not perfect and the arrow of time makes it impossible for us to go back and undo our past wrongs. We are all destined to die with the negative consequences of our mistakes. This truth became clear to me when I was in the outer darkness of hell. Ultimately, only God Himself can heal the damage that we do and bring good out of evil. This is why Jesus, as the Messiah, is portrayed in the scriptures as the sacrificial lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.13 Jesus calls every soul to himself when he declares: “ I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” 14 Our conscious transition from this world into the next will be seamless, so how we live in this life matters and will determine in which direction we go- either toward the Light or away from the Light. Jesus is the manifestation of God’s unconditional love- a love that transcends all religious, philosophical, and moral debates- a love that is more satisfying than all the wealth, and fame, and power this world can offer. Pursue love because, in the end, everything else is meaningless- a chasing after the wind.

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In 2004, I wrote this poem to describe my encounter with the Martial Spirit, the outer darkness, and Jesus (Jeshua).

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Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.. 52 Appendix The Five Principles This Appendix is included for those martial artists who desire a more detailed explanation of Master Li’ s five principles of striking technique. that these demonstrations are unimpressive when compared to the tremendous strength that can be channeled from the spirit realms. Master Li’s karate is an exquisite art that is excellent for exercise and self-defense. however. Sensei possessed supernatural strength and was the most powerful martial artist I have ever seen but.pdf http://www. Some martial artists may be tempted to seek these paranormal powers as I did. By his own admission. and I have performed a series of suspended board breaks to illustrate the extraordinary power in his striking method.. what will a man exchange for his soul? 57 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . he lived an unhappy life. he died without hope. I am well aware.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.nodan-karate. unaware that they come from the dark side but.

. and kobudo (traditional Japanese weapons). which Nodan later named The Five Principles. but Li’s radical 1-2 Timing and emphasis on the Extension of Ki (the Mind Principle) set him apart. Quan Li trained in a number of striking arts. These precepts are not new.nodan-karate. 53 Master Li leads two students in kata practice. along with judo. 58 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .. and “To extend ki” is to mentally “follow through” each movement.pdf http://www. He earned his black belt in Sensei’s karate-do in the early1970s. aikido.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. His brilliance was in his striking technique. and then continued on to perfect his own interpretation of the art.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Ki (chi) is the dynamic energy that is in all living things.

This increases terminal velocity and generates more power.pdf http://www.” at the nodankarate channel. power..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. a point two inches below the navel) 2nd The 1-2 Timing (the hips are fully rotated before the arm or foot is extended) 3rd Extension of Ki (the Mind Principle. In the YouTube video.. “Nodan’s Teacher.nodan-karate. 54 In Li’s 1-2 Timing. and precision are a benchmark of excellence for the traditional striking arts.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. “The Five Principles. and his five precepts are summarized in the video. The Five Principles 1st Proper Bone Alignment (the stances are centered in the hara.” Master Li can be seen leading two students through the Heian Yodan and Heian Godan katas. or “follow through” of every technique ) 4th Correct Breathing (inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth using the diaphragm) 5th Soft and Hard (maintaining the balance between relaxation and focus) 59 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . His speed. the hips must be fully rotated before the arm or leg moves.

60 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .. “a steel rod wrapped in cotton cloth.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.” Training with makiwara using elbow strikes.. in which his arm becomes like.pdf http://www.nodan-karate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 55 Li demonstrates the Proper Bone Alignment in the Rising Block.

” or hara.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. a point located two inches below the navel. indoor makiwara..” for instructions on how to build a flexible. Proper Bone Alignment. his hands were damaged from years of hard makiwara training. by the age of forty. the center of gravity of the stance is in the “one point. Besides this. Nodan and his 61 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . In the 1960s. Sensei trained with Mas Oyama.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. the founder of Kyokushin karate. and that he knew when it was about to rain because of the pain and swelling in his knuckles. its users formed bone calcifications and calluses on their hands. “Building a Makiwara and Board Holder. Nodan designed a flexible.nodan-karate. 56 Makiwara The traditional Okinawan makiwara was a rigid post wrapped in rice straw and buried three feet in the ground. this proved to be a safer and more efficient way to develop powerful strikes.. Stance Testing In Quan Li’s first principle. With intense training. callus formation is not essential for effective street self-defense. Oyama once told him that.pdf http://www. See the video. In the end. To protect his students from injury. rubber padded striking post based on the principle of graduated resistance.

. and three former students. Yakov “The Hammer.nodan-karate.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.” are assisted by three of Nodan’s former students in this stance testing demonstration. and then by “moving in center. 57 student. The three men will attempt to push Yakov out of his one-legged Crane Stance.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 62 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .pdf http://www. Nodan..” he must push the three men backwards. Master Li used this stance testing method to evaluate a student’s progress in developing the proper bone alignments. Yakov must maintain his stance. Yakov.

com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.. 58 Yakov pushes the men out of their stances.nodan-karate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 63 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM ..pdf http://www.

Testing showed that each board could support.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. and he only used these suspended breaking demonstrations to give evidence for the extraordinary power in Master Li’s striking techniques. Wood strength varies. Nodan’s boards were cut from 1x12 inch Common White Pine. by Jack Hibbard. 59 The Breaking Demonstrations Board breaking was never part of Nodan’s teaching or karate training.. (59 kg) barbell when 64 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . a 130 lb.. For an excellent guide to board breaking.15 Board Strength and Breaking Difficulty Nodan used 1x12x10 inch wide pine boards in all of his breaking demonstrations.nodan-karate. and a sample from each donor board should be tested beforehand to determine board strength. Un-spaced. on average. suspended board breaking is more difficult because it requires both a substantial transfer of body weight into the board stack and enough speed to overtake the movement of the bag.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. depending on the size and moisture content. which is indigenous to Canada and the United States and is sold at lumber yards and home improvement centers. It is important to establish and maintain a uniform standard of board strength in order to accurately measure the relative breaking difficulty of different striking techniques. see Karate Breaking Techniques.

“Board Strength and Breaking Difficulty. 65 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .” at the nodankarate channel.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. or by inserting thin spacers. the resistance increases proportionally. Spacing the boards is like breaking them in rapid succession. 60 it was placed across the centerline of the wood running parallel with the grain. Placing spacers between the boards changes the physics of breaking.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. (295. one at a time. the editors have left 53 seconds of un-edited film (2:14-3:07).5 kg) weight.nodan-karate. Board breaking can be faked by first scoring or baking the boards.. When the boards are un-spaced. thus making it considerably easier. and the 5 board stacks used in his suspended power breaks could support a 650 lb. in order to show that Nodan’s breaking demonstration are authentic.pdf http://www. In the YouTube video..

nodan-karate. 5 Board Break with Reverse Elbow Strike 66 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 61 Board strength depends on size and moisture content.pdf http://www..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_..

.nodan-karate. the karateka learns to project strength into the shorter and quicker street versions of these formal kata blocks. He especially emphasized the necessity of applying the 1-2 Timing and the unbendable arm technique to these movements. Middle. The traditional blocks use the full range of motion to develop form.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. speed.pdf http://www. With training.. and power. 62 4 Board Break with Bent Wrist Strike Formal Blocking Techniques Quan Li taught that the formal Downward. 67 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. and Rising blocks are striking movements that conform to the five principles of striking technique.

63 5 Board Break with Downward Block Downward Breaking Techniques Downward breaking techniques are stronger than suspended horizontal ones.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_..nodan-karate. Also. because it is easier to drop body weight down than it is to transfer it laterally.pdf http://www.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.. the rigid supports used in downward breaking eliminate the power losses that occur when some of the energy of the strike is absorbed by the suspended bag. 68 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .

. and having the option of using either hand becomes a strategic advantage. Nodan performed his four and five board suspended power breaks with his “weak side” left hand. street attacks are fluid and unpredictable.pdf http://www. 7 Board break with Right Hand 69 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .. 64 Developing both the right and left sides of every technique is an important part of karate training because an injury to one side or the other can occur before or during a street confrontation.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.nodan-karate. And.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. in order to emphasize the importance of this point. Also. the fact that he was in his late 50s when filming his breaking demonstrations shows the advantages of Master Li’s technique over sheer physical prowess.

.. 65 7 Board Break with Left Hand See the video.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.nodan-karate. 70 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . “The Five Principles” (6:29-7:07).pdf http://www.

and the elbow is held under.. (61 kg) of thrust on the board before the suspended bag moves. His body is soft. His head is held erect. as if suspended on a string. The Push Break can be seen in “The Five Principles” video at YouTube’s nodankarate channel (4:43-5:01).. in order to reduce power loss through the shoulder joint. 71 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . with only enough tension to hold the stance together. The rear leg and spine are straight and the shoulders are held down and back. his stance is properly aligned with its center of gravity in the hara.pdf http://www.nodan-karate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. First. 66 Anatomy of the Push Break The challenge in this technique is to exert 135 lbs.

pdf http://www. 72 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . but challenging test of all five principles. With the “striking” arm already fully extended. and arms properly aligned and relaxed... as if projecting a stream of energy out to infinity. The Push Break is a simple. shoulders. he rotates his hips sharply while keeping his upper torso. he mentally “follows through” the board with a concentrated Extension of Ki. 67 Next.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Finally. he focuses hard as he rotates his upper body into the board and exhales with a kiai yell. Throughout the movement. the acceleration required to overtake the movement of the bag can only be generated by a quick and explosive hip rotation.nodan-karate.

.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www. it is important to keep the base foot firmly rooted to the ground. The “down and in” motion of the thrust gives this kick its exceptional power.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. In the Front Thrust Kick. While executing the front kick..nodan-karate. This “opening” of the hips releases the hamstring muscle and allows for greater speed and flexibility in the movement. 5 Board Break with Front Thrust Kick 73 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . he taught that the hips are rotated 45 degrees as the knee is raised. 68 Kicking Techniques Quan Li’s kicking techniques also followed The Five Principles.

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Not surprisingly. and my main interest was in learning how to apply the techniques in a real situation. Tex taught me wrist locks and joint holds that were effective against close quarter knife and gun holdups. karate was an exercise in survival. my body was out of position. exposing the fact that real street self-defense was quite different from the traditional training I was receiving in the dojo. a college classmate who studied a style of combat jujitsu.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Tex Barnes went on to become a high ranking jujitsu master. My formal blocks were ineffective.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. This became a wake-up call for me. rounded blade to our first practice session and succeeded in “killing” me a number of times.. I decided to concentrate on street self-defense and began to work out with Tex Barnes. and I lacked a strategy for defending against a skilled knife fighter’s flowing combinations.nodan-karate.. We also practiced against moving knife and club attacks. In the 1960s. I had big red welts all over my body. 70 Nodan Self-Defense For me. and the kinds of grabs and holds that street criminals were likely to use. This early jujitsu training was the most important influence in my future approach to the martial arts.pdf http://www. Afterwards. 75 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Tex brought a metal training knife with a dull. not a sport.

76 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM ..nodan-karate. kept me strong in karate into my late fifties. I became his practice partner for five years.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Then. Since there was only the two of us. In 1991. I was brought back into karate by two young men who asked for self-defense lessons. a former high school track athlete who had previously trained in karate. This training. along with regular makiwara practice.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. In 1999 I received another request for self-defense instruction from Jason. Yohan and Yakov trained with me for five years and were awarded the rank of black belt by an independent panel of experts in 1996.pdf http://www.. 71 I stopped training in karate for six years after the lifechanging events I experienced in late 1985. Yohan and Yakov (front center) pose with test judges.

pdf http://www. Every martial art must be adapted for street defense because. Nodan’s karate was self-defense and not a competitive sport. sport fighters do not face armed or multiple opponents.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. grabs and strikes to the groin. deception. and having “one strike” power can be the great equalizer in those situations. Spear hand strikes to the eyes and throat. and understanding the predatory nature of street criminals were foundational to his strategy.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.. Yohan and Yakov. demonstrate a joint hold defense with front kick counter attack. and biting are among the many effective defensive measures that are not permitted in sport. what you practice is what you will do when confronted with a real attack. 77 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .nodan-karate. 72 Nodan’s students. There are no rules in the street.. Psychology. Also.

nodan-karate..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www.. 78 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Then. he simultaneously blocks and angle steps away.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 73 Lunging Knife Attack Yakov waits for Yohan to commit to a lunging attack.

74 Defending Against a Gun Holdup Nodan raises his hands in surrender and then subtly moves his head out of the line of fire. he applies a wrist lock to gunman’s hand and then follows with a head strike to his face. (next page) 79 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM .nodan-karate.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. Next..pdf http://www.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_..

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. 81 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM ..Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.nodan-karate. 76 Simultaneous Rising Block with Palm Strike Nodan uses the two-fold gaze of perception and sight to determine when to move in and counter.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.pdf http://www.

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but not yet committing to the attack.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_... non-aggressive attitude (note that he keeps a safe distance away. But.nodan-karate.just beyond the attacker’s effective lunging range). an armed assailant is threatening. In the following scenario.pdf http://www. he determines that a pre-emptive counter attack is the best strategy.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. sometimes circumstances call for a fighting stance. Nodan preferred to defend from a neutral stance position. He assumes a relaxed fighting position with his arms “floating” in a lowered. 84 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . Nodan believes that a deadly assault is about to be launched at him so. 79 Pre-emptive Street Self-Defense In most situations.

pdf http://www. The speed at which this maneuver must be performed can only be appreciated by viewing the YouTube video. and then continue stepping through to strike his attacker’s face before he can react to make a counter move (next page). as if initiating his own attack. 80 Nodan will momentarily “freeze” his assailant with a sudden head feint. “Nodan Self-Defense” (2:51-2:58) at the nodankarate channel.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App. 85 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . If the head feint is effective in surprising his opponent.nodan-karate..com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_. Nodan will move in quickly with a sweeping knife hand block..

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Martial artists will do well to heed this proverb: “ To win without fighting is the highest skill.Website_BOOK_24_w_1_App.pdf http://www. and practical self-defense systems. “best for what?” There are the traditional martial arts.com/images/Website_BOOK_24_w_1_.nodan-karate. and the best martial art is the one that best addresses your needs and goals. The Best Martial Art Discussions about which is the best martial art should begin with the question..” 87 of 91 3/15/13 4:57 PM . and each style has its strengths and weaknesses. sport oriented fighting styles. 82 Pre-emptive counter attacks against guns and bladed weapons require a high level of skill and many repetitions of practice with a variety of training partners. These are high risk self-defense techniques that should only be attempted in a life or death situation. There are good and bad practitioners in every art..

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