You asked for the feedback....
You book is very warm. And very well written. It's a real mine of names, places, terms. It proves from the very beginning that keeping the balance between karate do, family, friends and beliefs is really possible.
In the same time it's amazing how much one book can tell about its author.
And yours shows that the author lives with passion for every single thing, even the simple one, that is really open for any kind of "new" and "unknown" and, what I admire more, that, despite of his difficult childhood, he's never lost his faith in people...
I'm a "loafing traveller" as well .I do love travelling and some part of your book (forgive me for saying that, as I'm only the student) I read as if I lived it myself...
Forgive me, please this stream of consciousness, I know I speak too much. That is something I have to work on in New Year (along with my shodan grading). :)
Thanks again for sharing with me this beautiful part of your karate teacher experience. I'll try to learn from it as much as possible (as from the DVD you've kindly sent me along with). Truly beautiful book and life you have. I'm gonna share it with my dojo friends.
Have you and your family Happy New Year. Insha'Allah, I meet you in person one day in dojo... :) OSS!
Agnieszka Rejman - Shotokan (Ireland/Poland) 02 January at 00:59
I'm reading your book and enjoying it a lot. Osu!
Johny Verheyden - Goshin Budo (Belgium) 19 January 2010 23:07
Ek het die boek klaar gelees. Ek het dit baie geniet om te lees van u wedervaringe. Dit was so asof ek saam met u op reis was terwyl ek dit gelees het. Dit is inspirerend om te lees dat soveel mense nog vir mekaar omgee en help. Kyk hoe baie keer het u op ander staatgemaak en is gasvry ontvang.
Dit is ook motiverend om te lees hoe ernstig ander hulle martial arts opneem en oefen en dat dit 'n band is wat mense bind. Die boek laat my ook weer dink aan my eie drome en ideale wat ek gehad het en vergeet het en laat 'n mens besef dat die lewe daar is om te geniet en nie so ernstig op te neem nie. Ek het dit werklik baie geniet. Ek is alweer besig om dit weer oor te lees. Dankie Senpai.
Johan Stoffels - Ashihara Karate Distance Student (South Africa) 30 January 2010 12:05
Enjoying your Odyssey
Hi Hoosain, Just a quick note to say thanks for sending me your book, I must say I'm really enjoying it, as Kyokushinkai was my first serious karate style and I love travelling, it's very much my cup of tea. The only downside is it makes me very envious reading it!
Goran Powell - Lion Dog Books (England) 14 February 2010 11:32
Hi Hoosain Once again just to say I really enjoy reading your Odyssey. I found the article about sharing Eid in another country and the different ways of doing things quite interesting.
Philip Bam - League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) (Cape Town, RSA) - 15 February 2010 13:20
"My Karate Odyssey" by our very own Hoosain Narker. I just received it today and have been thumbing through it and am finding it very interesting. Our very own moderator Dent isn't in the section you would assume he is but you must remember he moved around like a global gypsy. I actually found the section he was in by accident and before I knew it lost track of time, very interesting reading. So far I'm finding it very interesting and if I was a betting man would bet I read it before the week is over. I don't see how wouldn't like reading about a karateka journeying around another country for six months training in various dojo since I hope to do something similar in the near future. Unfortunately not in 6 months all at once:( well, who knows what fate brings?
Kyokushin 4 Life - Friday, March 12, 2010 5:17 AM
Finally got an opportunity to begin reading your book. Your introduction alone was worth its price. It contains the first in-depth explanation of Osu I've run across. Many years ago, I was traveling with a high ranking Japanese instructor. He said Osu was a military term and only used by riff raff. He refused to ever us...e it. But your explanation shows it is much more than that. Thanks... and ous! Been meaning to post that I really enjoyed your book. You met a lot of old friends of mine - Terry Bryan, Doug Jepperson, Gary Tetsui, and a bunch of others. Great job!
Jim Mather, USA Karate- USA 15 April 2010
I have begun reading the book, which I found really fascinating! Thank you so much for this!
Erik Melander, Ashihara Karate Uppsala, Sweden Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:09 PM
I just returned from a holiday in Greece and I finished reading your book. I enjoyed it very much(I could have read it in one day if I wished to but I needed to spend some quality time with the wife and kid too. so I read a bit every evening). Thank you for writing your journey down, it was interesting, entertaining and inspiring too.
Guy (Kyokushin 4 L) Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:53 PM