The man who introduced me to the internal arts, Sifu Phillip Starr, has a new book out called Martial Mechanics. I'm ordering a copy today.
Sifu Starr has devoted his life to the martial arts. I met him when I moved to Omaha in 1987 to take a job as news producer at the CBS TV affiliate. I was bummed out because I had just lost my job in Cincinnati and didn't really want to be in Omaha. "What the hell am I doing in this part of the country?" I wondered sadly.
Each time something bad has happened in my life, it has resulted in a change of direction that has turned out very positive. As my wife told me last night, "When one door closes, another one opens."
During my first couple of weeks in Omaha, I thumbed through the yellow pages and found Sifu Starr's school. I called and a young man named Chris Virant answered and was very friendly. I went in to try a class and the rest is history. It turned out that losing my job in Cincinnati, and bouncing back in Omaha, caused me to meet one of the most influential people in my life.
I can't wait to read his new book.