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Christmas came early for the Mattson Clan!
I’m sure most of the martial art world is familiar with one of North America’s “Living Treasures” – Sensei Kimo Wall!For three years he magically appeared at SummerFest for three days and nights, teaching non-stop from early morning until late at night. During our evening parties, Kimo would entertain everyone with his spectacular demonstrations and history of the 20+ traditional Okinawan weapons he had learned during the many years he trained on Okinawa.
Then, without explanation, he disappeared for twelve years. I heard rumors that he had been living in China and then decided to move permanently to Guatemala! As mysteriously as he had appeared at SummerFest, Kimo disappeared.
Then, two weeks ago, I received a forwarded email that Kimo had written, from his friend Jim Prouty. Imagine this. . . Kimo Wall has emerged from isolation, armed with a computer, website and e-mail address! WOW!
I wrote to Kimo and the next thing I knew, he accepted my invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving with Susan, Tia and me here in Florida.
While we were communicating by e-mail, catching up on the past 12 years, Kimo also accepted my invitation to teach at next year’s SummerFest. As an added surprise, Dr. Chang I Liu, Grandmaster of the “Feeding Crane” system will be accompanying Kimo and will be participating in the 2008 SummerFest.
Dr. Liu was with Kimo 12 years ago at SummerFest and amazed everyone with his spectacular “thundering” internal power and blinding defensive speed. Personally, I’ve seen quite a few martial artist over the years, but none that possessed the overall skill and power of Dr. Liu.
While Kimo was visiting, he taught one of Dr. Liu’s power drills to my class. In addition to our morning workouts, Kimo and I participated in a TalkShoe discussion which should be of interest to all Kimo Wall fans and students.
Tia wanted to jump in his van this morning as he prepared for the drive back to Georgia where he is staying with relatives. Although Tia was only a puppy when she last met Kimo, she greeted him with kisses and her favorite toy. (Something she only does for her favorite people.) As Kimo drove off, she watched attentively, not wanting to come inside. As I’m writing this, she is at the window, looking to see if he is returning!
While Kimo was visiting, we had an opportunity to reminisce about the “old” days on Okinawa and lots of very personal information about Kimo and his training. Fortunately, Kimo gave me permission to film one of our sessions so I created a “TalkShoe” interview to be shared with the martial art community.
You can access this half hour discussion by CLICKING HERE or on Kimo’s picture.
Kimo’s website is www.kimowall.netfirms.com
New Englanders…. don’t miss this…
On Sunday January 6 from Noon to 1:30, my Dojo will be hosting author Jay Nussbaum who will be signing copies of his latest novel, A Monk Jumped Over A Wall. Jay is also a longtime Uechi practitioner and following the signing we will also be hosting a workout led by Sensei Fedele Cacia.
I hope you can attend and please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested.
Although not necessary, please RSVP in order to ensure that enough books are on hand.