The Martial Arts Spirit

 Just thought I would share this wonderful message I received on Facebook from a good friend and great colleague who recently left the Police Force. I believe people do notice and respect people who dedicate themselves to the martial arts and it is something like this which makes it all worthwhile doing what I do.  They say a good Martial Arts Instructor will have a positive and profound influence on students' lives but how good is it when that also extends to people outside of martial arts:

Robert H. September 3, 2010 at 5:21pm
Subject: Thanks Mate

Hey George….
Well mate …., I'm out of the Cops …., as of the 19th of Aug, 2010…, thought the day would never come. I just wanted to say to you that it was both a pleasure and experience to know you over the years I did as we were cops. You are one of those people that come into peoples lives to enrich and better them. You have made me realise how strong some people can be ….., obviously you are one of those people. You are a master at `life'…., not just being a cop, or an international defence expert ….., you're simply a person that most learn from …, whether we know it at the time or some time later ….

I have been busy and getting through all my own stuff with my marriage break up and the `job' etc …, but wanted to make sure you know that I always held and still do, you in the highest esteem.

Thanks George for teaching me about life and never giving up ….

As you always say mate …, there's too much muuuuuunchaussen !!!… lol

Cheers Mate
Bob H.

P.S. Keep on keeping on George …., love ya style …, always will.

And to top it off, I got another message from another work colleague just making sure I turn up to his wedding this Sunday:

Hi George !
This is Sam T.  Just a reminder  my wedding is on Sunday.  I hope to see you and your lovely wife on the day.  Paul M, Col T, Brian D & Eddy A are all coming as well.  George you have always been good to me.

I met Sam when he was 15 years old with two of his mates riding an unregistered trail bike which I chased down whilst on a police motorcycle.  That was 25 years ago!  I thought I would give them a break which I thought was a good idea at the time to see if I could do any good with these young persons.  Several years later a young rookie was sitting next to me in a Highway Patrol vehicle and he said, "You don't remember me?  But I remember you.  It's because of you I joined the Police Force."  Sam said that my attitude is what inspired him to become a cop.  People do remember things.

These are great memories!  The training I do now with prominent people and students in the martial arts will also be great memories.