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Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O'Dowd

Seamus O’Dowd (6th Dan SKIF) has been a student of Martial Arts for thirty years, and has trained with many of the top instructors of Shotokan Karate in the world. He is an occasional contributor to a number of Martial Arts magazines, and produced a number of DVDs, including one entitled “Kanazawa No Bo” with the legendary Kanazawa Hirokazu Sensei. He also regularly travels to many countries to teach karate, tai chi and bo-jutsu.

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I was going in to the dojo recently, just after being away in Japan for a week, when a parent of one of the kids accosted me.

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A couple of years ago, I developed a chronic pain in my wrist. It felt like there was something out of place that needed to be "clicked" to make it right, but I couldn't seem to fix it by myself. It was not a severe pain, but was a nuisance nonetheless.

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I was in a business meeting with a potential client a number of years ago. Well, actually it was more like an interview - he was assessing a number of different companies that his company was considering working with. The guy was very thorough, and had researched each company well. At one point, he asked me about the strengths and weaknesses of my organisation. I listed what I felt were our core strengths first, after which he nodded, smiled and showed me his list of our strengths, were exactly the same as I had listed. Then I spoke about our weaknesses, and outlined what we were planning to do to address them. Again, my list matched his. (I told you he was thorough!)

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