The Grand Master of Human Bonsai: Professor Michael McGann

The Grand Master of Human Bonsai: Professor Michael McGann

A a martial arts Grand Master and Bonsai Master, Professor Michael McGann has blended the the philosophy of true martial arts with the practice of Bonzai to prune and shape students who are inheriting the right to be called a true warrior.

To the casual observer, martial arts classes resemble a common activity like baseball practice or ballet lessons. The student does the prescribed drills and then goes on to the next activity or event. Indeed many modern schools of thought appeal to this instant gratification and are quick to keep the student from getting bored, but is this martial arts?

When observing Professor Michael McGann you will learn quickly that Martial arts is a mind, body and spirit “character developing up-lifter” when taught correctly. His system is written and documented so that you the student, parent, or guardian will be able to share some insight from the master instructor’s files. It is his hope that this will deepen your appreciation and understanding of the martial arts.

To Professor Michael McGann each student of Wa No Michi Ryu Karate Kobudo is like three bags full of seeds. One for the body. One for the mind. One for the spirit, character, and self-esteem. The student is the ground. Seeds come in many forms. Some grow up over night and some take months, while others bloom but once a year. The seeds of classical martial arts warriors like Professor McGann are time tested, true, and of a knowledge that produces success.

Everyday the master instructor surveys the field (training hall). He waters the field with a smile or kind word, prunes a plant (student) with a technique correction, pull a weed (distraction or interruption) with a stare, etc. Then he waits and hopes in eager anticipation, repeating the process patiently again and again. An old Chinese proverb says, “You cannot make a plant grow by pulling at the roots!” Many observers see a karate class like only a sports team. But Professor McGann looks at the individual pots and the progress of the seeds. First comes the sprout, then the blade, then the pod, followed by the flower and then the fruit. Given time the student can eat the fruit of Wa No Michi Ryu Karate Kobudo, save the seeds, and plant the next crop of warriors – a process that repeats over and over in every area of life.

A student of Wa No Michi Ryu Karate Kobudo has learned success, built upon a firm foundation that has been carefully cultivated through the balanced working of the inter-action of the mind, the body, and the spirit, as taught by the Master.


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