No Injury For You

Jonathan Forrester, Chief Instructor of the Dawsonville Martial Arts Center in Georgia, just sent me an email about my “Learning the Hard Way” post featuring my bruised foot. Mr. Forrester, a 3rd Dan in Shuri-Ryu, had just trained with Hanshi Ridgely Abele and kindly passed along Hanshi Abele’s opinion of injury:

If you get a bloody nose, a broken finger or toe, a bloody lip, or some teeth sticking through your lip – this is NOT an injury.  This should be considered “Body Conditioning”.  If a bone is sticking through the skin, then you can claim an injury.

Body conditioning it is, then! I love it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Troy says:

    I love it, bro!

    Missed ya at Hypericon 3 this year.

    Take care,

    P.S. Where’s the third part of the trilogy? ;-)

  2. I always remember what one of the senior masters of my program used to say:

    “Pain is just weakness leaving the body.”

  3. Mike says:

    Troy — Hey man! Sorry I couldn’t make it this year. $$$ don’tcha know. As for the trilogy, I’m working on it! I’m even taking a vacation day soon to make some real progress.

    Nate — Man, I forgot about that quote. I remember that from wrestling in high school. What style did you study?

  4. Shaolin-Do. Sort of an all-encompasing, animal style kung-fu. Haven’t been to a class in probably two years, and I’ve forgotten half my katas, but I still own all my weapons. Guess that’s got to count for something!

  5. Troy says:

    We missed ya. It was OK this year. Just isn’t the same without BK there. What with him punching vans and all.

    Take care and me want to read part 3!
    Troy :-)

  6. Mike says:

    I’m working on part 3 as we speak! You need to talk to Tod — he’s been emailing me about it, too. :)