TANG SOO DO NEWSLETTER
By Mr. Bell, Sam
I would like
to take this opportunity to thank the instructors, students, families
and friends for such a warm welcome to Maui, Hawaii (May 27, 2000)!
After a five
hour delay at San Francisco airport and a four-hour plane trip,
I arrived at the Kahului, Maui airport about 3:00 pm to be greeted
with my second flower lai, by Mr. Roy DeLyon. Mr. DeLyon, the owner
and instructor of Up Country Tang Soo Do, assisted me with my bag
and rental car, got me on the highway to Kihei. I arrived in Kihei
and checked into my condominium, across the street from the beach,
on the property of beautiful Kamaole Sands. After a quick stroll
on the beach I decided to have dinner and call it an evening, for
I was now in vacation mode.
only sense of time was sunrise and the continuing flow of energy
of the Island, I found myself walking that beautiful beach. After
a while I returned to the property to find Dr. Tim Schroeder, from
Tahoe City, California, and his two younger children, waiting for
me. We had to talk about the plans for the black belt testing scheduled
for 6:00 pm. I think Dr. Schroeder picked up on my mode and offered
if I wanted to follow he and his family to the testing. I accepted.
The test was to be held at the Maui Marriot Kaanapali Beach Hotel
in Lahaina, Maui. After relaxing most of the day we decided to leave
around 2:00 pm so that we could stop and hook up with Mr. Darrel
Pellen, World Tang Soo Do Head of State for Hawaii. After a warm
greeting and quick visit with Mr. Pellen, we were on the road to
Lahaina. We got to the hotel in time for a late lunch with our Regional
Director, Master Jim DeBaca. Time was closing and everyone was coming
together. It would be a time that would change six young peopleís
life forever and we all knew that. Master DeBaca had the "Master
Plan" - he knew it would be exciting for the instructors from the
main land to proctor the test. Mr. John Maris, instructor of Truckee
Tang Soo Do, Truckee, California and I were the chosen proctors.
The panel of examiners was made up of Master DeBaca, Dr. Schroeder
and Mr. Pellen. I would like to congratulate those six students
as they start the journey of their new life. A special congratulation
to Mr. Roy DeLyon for hosting the event and successfully testing
for his 2nd Dan. The effectiveness of his teachings was obvious
though the support of his students and their families.
When the test
ceremony was over I got to meet the third instructor of the Island,
Ms. Ruth Lockett, who also lives in Kihei. Ms Lockett teaches in
three different locations under club status. It was very interesting
talking with her over light dinner and she made sure I was back
to Kihei safely.
moving with the flow of the Islandís energy, sunrise walking that
beautiful beach, "Iím on vacation... no... Tang Soo Do Clinic 8:00
am...!" Again hooking up with Dr. Schroeder on the road to Lahaina.
We arrived on time and everyone was there, the whole Tang Soo Do
family kids and adults, all belt levels. Again Master DeBaca had
the plan: he wanted the students to be exposed to the mainland instructors.
So, after the opening ceremony he divided them into four groups
of different ages, named each group and rotated us between them
to share our different teaching styles. This was fun. We had lunch
at noon on the beautiful lawn at the Marriot Hotel facing the beach
and the deep blue ocean. After lunch we dismissed the kids, Master
DeBaca took the senior adults and gave us some serious Bong training.
The clinic was very inspiring. I think everyone left with something
Iíd like to
thank a friend of Ms. Chase Traphagen, one of the new Black Belts,
for opening her home for a party and inviting the whole Tang Soo
Do family and all of us visiting the Island. The party: Good food,
nice music, swimming for the kids, warm commonality for all and
a view of the sunset that was truly unforgettable. "Pattie, you
are truly one of the guiding spirits, Thank You!" Itís time to hit
the road back to Kihei, this time no one to follow. Iím on vacation!
sunrise on the beach quickly became the norm; Sunday was no exception,
but it would be the first day to totally relax and I did just that.
Hawaiian coffees, California wines and Chinese tea were the beverages
to accomplish the mission. I spoke with Ms. Lockett, inquiring about
the rain forest, she suggested right away the drive to Hana; but
warned me it would be an all day trip.
morning started the same, but about 10:00 am after a stop at the
post-office to do the post card thing, I decided to take that trip
to Hana. I had circled a couple of towns on the map where I would
stop, but I was simply amazed by the breathe-taking scenes this
trip gave me. The deeper I drove into forest the more astonished
I became. I had heard about "The Road To Hana" though Iím not even
sure if I connected it to Maui; however, it seemed to offer at least
thirty different waterfalls that came right out of the dark green
hillsides. It seemed like every half mile I was stopping to enjoy
the view and practice my Qigong. The magnetic flow of the earthís
energy on Maui is more spiritual and powerful than any Iíve witnessed.
This day was the easiest to feel the oneness with the earth. About
twelve miles from Hana on one of my many little excursions off the
main road, I came upon this little white church, that I found myself
very drawn to. A lady there waved for me to come and introduced
herself as a native Hawaiian. She described the little church as
St. Gabriel, named in honor of the Queen Gabriela, built in 1862
from the coral off the ocean floor. The lady described two miracles
behind the story of the retrieval of the coral... After talking
with her about a half hour, she said to me, "youíre on the right
Maybe an hour
later I was in the little town of Hana. It was at that time I think
I finally understood the saying "the road traveled is sometimes
more interesting than the destination". After an early dinner in
Hana I headed back, not knowing the most spiritual moments were
still ahead. I decided to make the circle and see the other side
of the Island. About five miles on the drive I came to another narrow
bridge, "The Seven Sacred Pools of Hana". This was by far the most
exquisite place I had seen, seven waterfalls into their own pool,
teardrop right into the other with the last one right into the ocean.
Just when I thought it couldnít be any better! A twelve-hour drive
Iím sure Iíll never forget: "The Road to Hana"!
sunrise and walking the beach, Tuesday started no different. I started
to feel my body chemistry changing. This was proven to me when I
went back to the condo to shower up for breakfast. I looked in the
mirror and the white of my eyes were the brightest Iíve seen them
in years. This was good. I decided to take this feeling and this
beautiful condominium, that was costing me a small fortune, and
enjoy this day just doing nothing. Ms. Lockett called in the afternoon
to remind me of a promise to work out with her and meet some of
her students, about 5:00 p.m. We were visited by Ms. Traphagen to
invite us to a dinner party that would turn into a little celebration
for Dr. Schroederís birthday. The evening ended with a long walk
on the soft sandy beach enjoying the stars in the warm Maui sky.
After the normal
morning routine, Wednesday would bring yet another unforgettable
adventure. Ms. Lockett suggested a drive up to the "crater" in Haleakala.
We stopped along the way to send an Exotic Tropical Flower Arrangement
to my parents in South Carolina and one to my office in California.
This drive would summit 10,023 feet. Practicing Qigong at this level
was simply electrifying. Mr. DeLyon invited us all to his Dojang
Wednesday night for what would be my last workout on Maui. The stage
was set for some serious bonding: Black Belts from other styles
and other associations of Tang Soo Do were all there, all friends.
Mr. Pellen arrived last. I called the group to attention to recognize
him as Head of State, in hope that he will remember that moment
and the energy he has around him on the Island of Maui. Mr. DeLyon,
Ms. Lockett and Mr. Pellen, for letting me be a part of your world,
I watched the
sunrise and the waves of the beautiful blue ocean, having Hawaiian
coffee, from my balcony that Thursday morning. This will be the
morning to leave. I am sure Maui will be one of the places I visit
again, in what form or time, who knows!
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