Karate is a one passion of mine, and music is another, so when I heard Gord Downie passed away – although we’d been expecting it – I hated to hear that it had happened. The Hip brought us Canadian music at its finest, and Gord brought us a message: Get Behind Something.
Gord tackled huge issues like the treatment of indigenous youth in the North and was relentless in his pursuit of fairness and justice. Trying to shape a better future for young people is not only admirable, its essential.
We’re in an electronic age where there’s plenty of access to negative energy and paths to troublesome futures. But like Gord, some of us can make a difference.
So, here is a shout out to all the Karate Sensei and Sempai who helped shape my future over the years. I am grateful.
And to those still teaching Karate, I applaud you. Karate that teaches respect and confidence is a force against that negative energy. You’re giving kids opportunity to grow and to make good choices. You’re getting behind them.
Godspeed, Gordo, and Sensei and Sempai…for the sake of our youth, keep it up.