Dento-teki Kyokushinkai Karate Organization

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Cancer....it sucks.

Posted by Shihan Tatro on August 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I've recently been diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer that has moved to my lungs. According to the Dr., even with Chemotherapy treatment I will only live another 2 or so yrs....without about 1 yr.

Since the surgery that removed my bladder back in Nov., I've been recovering nicely, even back to light training. I even developed the Chisai Bushi no Tonfa kata that can be seen here on the Videos page. I continue to teach karate which is my life long passion.

My all time favorite quote is a Japanese proverb that goes; "Seven times down, eight times up." Meaning, no matter how bad things are, or how often you get knocked down by life....you get back up...you go on.

I hope I've helped to instill that quality in the thousands of students I've been priveledged to teach karate to. That is the legacy I wish to leave.

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Reply John Rector
1:01 AM on August 20, 2012 
I happened to try searching for you today, out of the blue really, and was really glad to see your website and have a look around. I was stunned and saddened when I found this recent post. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

As for that proverb, it's always been one of my favorites as well. I came to it by way of a Zen Roshi. That determination helped me to weather days and days of silent meditation. I still remember doing zazen as part of the classes at the dojo and got a lot out of the time spent there and the inspiration from the titles in the lending library. I want to thank you sincerely for providing that outlet, that window into another world, it meant a lot to me then and still does when I reflect back on those times. I've always considered your teaching to be clear and skillful, glad to have been a student, to have had the opportunity.

Gassho,
John Rector
Reply jrt1098
6:15 PM on February 13, 2013 
... and they were lucky to have such a dedicated instructor ! Larry's love has always been Karate
Reply patti
4:42 PM on October 10, 2013 
It is with sadness that I post this. Shihan Tatro passed away at his home on Sunday morning, October 6, 2013.

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