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Avi Rokah's Reply to: ITKF Chairman's Message - Let's Visit The FACTS
From: Avi Rokah [email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:41 pm
Cc: ITKF Members
Subject: Re: ITKF Chairman's Message - Let's Visit The FACTS
Thank you, Mr. Jorgensen, for
the elaborate response.
As I said in my initial letter,
I usually shy away from the behind-the-scenes politics in our organization.
For me, karate is not about politics, certificates, trademarks, boards and
organizational structures; it is about spirit, technique, and discipline. I
don't wish to put words in Sensei Nishiyama's mouth, but it seems to me
everything he did, including the formation of the ITKF, was first and foremost
to support karate teaching. Whether I am Shodan or Rokudan, the 27 years I
spent training with Sensei Nishiyama are a gift that was given to me, and I am
trying to pay it forward. I stand by my technical assessment, and statements
about that which I have seen with my own eyes on the dojo floor.
We seem to agree on one very
important point -- the ITKF is in trouble, and there are important decisions
to be made. I will be the first to admit I am no expert in organizational
matters... but I know dysfunction when I see it. In fact, all personal attacks
removed from the below, it seems the only substantive difference of opinion
between us is that I think organizational problems are the responsibility of
leaders, whereas Mr. Jorgenson wishes to blame everyone else, and tell us that
if we change anything the universe might collapse around us. Again, as I said
before, the future of the ITKF is in our collective hands.
These matters cannot wait
until 2014. A good leader would see that and promote discussions to fix things.
Mr. Jorgenson, if you wish to explain your ideas for moving things forward,
you would be most welcome at the conference in Poland on August