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I met Bob Tackitt as I was being introduced to the Weapons System, He was lying on the dojo floor and Soke McNeill, in his true style, barked DO NOT HELP HIM UP! I thought, you are one mean SOB, but since I have great respect for him I listened. Dave later told me if he gets knocked down in a fight he will have to get up on his own, no one will be there to help him. Of course I never thought about that, so my Kind Sensei decided one day to show us what it was like for Bob. "Go outside grab a handful of rocks,goat heads and stickers, place them in your shoe, today you are a invalid". Since that day all of us who participated had a greater respect for Bobs struggle.
PS if you ever see Sensei Tackitt on the ground don't help him, I warn you not to even go near him, that cane will leave a lasting impression. My hat is off to you my friend!
Posted by Jeff Denton on November 24, 2015 at 3:00pm
A Pair Of Boots
Bob Tackitt was born in Longmont, Colorado, lived a short while in Utah before moving to Fallon, Nevada in 1966. Bob was talked into a Marine deferred deployment enlistment by his friend Bill Smiley. After graduating from high school in 1968 Bob and Bill reported for August basic training in San Diego as part of the Nevada Platoon.
In January, 1969, Lance Corporal Bob Tackitt landed in Da Nang, Viet Nam as part of the 3rd Marine Division, 4th Battalion, Mike Company, Bravo Squad, with an MOS 0351 (armorer) and carrying an M79 (grenade launcher). His first impression; “It’s f****** hot here!”
Bob was in the bush 5 months and 20 days, encamped on Hill 241, which was 9 klicks from the infamous Rockpile…Continue
First, members of this Family teach and train with a clear spirit – Shorei.
Visiting and working out at a strange dojo can be problematic for both the visitor and the sensei of the visited dojo.
The visitor is there to work out and learn something new, and has put his safety in the hands of the students and sensei of the dojo. He trusts that he will be working with like-minded martial artists in a learning environment.
If the visitor is there to do harm the sensei must immediately eject the visitor.
The sensei may know the visitor casually, or not at all, so he must be highly alert to the possibility of trouble from all the participants, and must assume the…Continue
What is a First Degree Black Belt?
A first degree black belt is an advanced beginner. The belt signifies passage from the ranks of those who are still learning to the ranks of those who’ve learned how to learn.
The transition from white belt to black belt has less to with technique than with learning the methodology and procedures necessary to think like a martial artist. A black belt should be able to…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on September 21, 2015 at 1:00pm
Thursday night was spent introducing Sensei Patti Oji (from California) to the Amba Martial Arts school in Sparks, Nevada. The classes are held at a local community center, so before each class the mats are hauled out of storage and arranged on the floor, and chairs are set up around the area for parents to watch the classes.
Several hours later, at the conclusion of the nights activities, I watched in amazement as students and parents hustled out on the floor and started putting away the mats and chairs. In a matter of minutes an active, loud, hard working dojo was transformed to a…Continue
Posted by Dave McNeill on August 15, 2015 at 9:46am