As we end another year, I always like to reflect on where we are and who we are as a program. There can be no question that our program has been blessed with some of the most dedicated, ethical, and honorable people. I will never forget or diminish that value.
Without a doubt, it has been a challenge to continue classes since we lost our venue of more than two decades, first through the pandemic and later through adverse actions of others. Nevertheless, we have done our best to continue training virtually. In no small measure, that was through the dedication and support of loyal students and instructors. I am keenly sensitive to the current situation that prevents me from offering them a better training environment. However, we never can know what can be discovered as we move forward. I believe that we must always move forward. It is expressed in the martial art world as indomitable spirit.
In fact, as our physical training environment has been limited, we have found ways to grow in other ways. We have gained new and broader philosophical and spiritual insights. That virtue has been frequently advocated by our senior members and several of our closest colleagues and supporters. We have been able to share insights and knowledge found through martial art training with those who interact with us daily. We have become more collaborative. We have become more considerate of others. We have focused on service. These are values that transcend typical martial art classes.
Of course, I cannot predict the future, but I can recognize the value that we have today. Also, I am aware of my own personal limitations. That is why I feel the necessity to pass on what I know so that others can carry my vision forward. Recently, we lost some great visionaries and leaders in our martial art community. I often wonder if their vision will be carried forward. We must not only rely on ourselves to ensure that we have a legacy. We must ensure that our vision is shared and carried forward. That is also a part of the AMK mission. To that end, I hope to continue to inspire and prepare others to carry the torch forward.
As we conclude 2023 and look forward to 2024, I hope that each of us will find it within himself or herself to commit to a sense of service, cooperation, and integrity to bring forth the best traditions of oriental martial art training, discipline, and dedication. People often speak of spirituality but think of it in the context of personal identity. I have always considered the term as going beyond oneself. In other words, think not of oneself as a spiritual person but strive to do spiritual things. I tend to think of being spiritual as connecting with others for a common good. It is my great hope that it will be the greatest legacy of our AMK.
Very best regards and Happy Holidays,