Interview with Justin Hagen above
The founders of modern Japanese martial arts have surely become a passion for Justin Hagen when you hear him speak on his favorite subject. His quest for more understanding and education has led to Shodai-Soke, which Hagen has authored and published for your reading pleasure. The book is a collection of quotes, anecdotes and precepts from these founders.
Hagen having time off from his teaching due to virus restrictions, he wanted to dig deeper into the arts and find a way to help translate much of the old school mentalities and philosophy into this younger, learning generation. You’re never too old to learn, though as I enjoyed Shodai-Soke as well. A couple of the quotes that I felt connected to me was with was from the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano…
Becoming angry consumes mental energy. How does anger benefit you or anyone else? The results of anger are invariably a depletion of your mental energy and being looked down on or disliked by others.
And this one from MoriHei Ueshiba, who was the founder of Aikido…
Iron is full of impurities that weaken it: through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.
Hagen really enjoyed his work and research. Please click on the link above and listen to Justin’s entire conversation. He enjoys giving back to people and his craft. You can find him at Kyokushin Philly, which is a full contact art. They are at 2278 N Penn Rd Hatfield, PA 19440. The book would be a great holiday gift for anyone who loves mixed martial arts. I want to personally thank Justin for my copy. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle for those interested.
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