Welcome to Solara Speaks! For this month's segment, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Deddy Mansyur. Mr. Mansyur is a sixth degree black belt in Shotokan, martial art instructor, and philanthropist. He began his journey with martial arts at six years old in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he grew up. He was one of 12 children, and his dad was a businessman who was not very familiar with martial arts. Therefore, Deddy proceeded with this journey on his own, even building his own punching bag around the age of seven out of a rice bag he filled with...Last modified on
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“They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out, four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say Japan was made by a handful of brave men…warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word….HONOR.” - The Last Samurai Whatever Japan was made of, I, for one, love being caught up in the history and customs there. Everything is done so meticulously; from their arts and crafts, to the...
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