Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Modern Sensei - Part 1

I swaggered into class the other day with my new Motorola Q firmly hooked to my side in a pose vaguely reminiscent of the old black and white cowboy movies. I strode through the entrance, paused to bow, and then moved briskly to unlatch my weapon and place it on the window sill so I could change into my karate attire and teach class. Suddenly, the device lit up blue and a played a short, happy ringtone announcing the receipt of another email or text message. I read the email...a new message had arrived from one of the martial arts forums I subscribe to...

It was at this time that one of the students, already sweating from vigorous kata practice looked at me and said: "Ah...the modern sensei!"

I had to stop and think about this for a moment. I guess it probably was an interesting sight. Me with my cell phone/pda/mp3 player/? device, walking onto the mat for practice, then checking an email about karate.

continued in part 2...

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