I am humbled by Theresaís request to contribute to
this newsletter and I consider it a privilege and an honor to be asked.
My name is Dyce
Kimura and I am a professional guitarist and fitness fanatic with
extensive martial arts back ground. While
nursing several injuries, I have come to know Theresa Ortega thru her
online martial arts supply store.
I was raised in Japan and that is where I was exposed
to martial arts. I wanted
nothing more in life but to train and be the best I could be.
I competed and trained in both Japan and the United States.
Setting my sights on my future as a pro fighter, I was ready to go
to any lengths to get established. However, while training in the U.S., my dreams were cut short
by a horrific hip injury that prohibited me from walking for a year.
I flew back to Japan to nurse my wounds and get extensive
acupuncture and therapy. In
light of the severity of the injury, I was forced to reconsider my future.
Iíd had a good run though. Iíd
won many tournaments in both Japan and abroad, and at one point even
achieved a state championship title in the U.S.
Unable to walk, I began to pursue my other passion:
guitar. Playing guitar had
been a hobby of mine since I was 6 years old and it always appealed to me.
Although the action and excitement of the ring enticed me, the
magnitude of my painful injury was a rude awakening.
As a teenager, guitar playing consumed all my free time and I began
to limp to and fro to music studios in Japan while my injuries healed.
By my 19th birthday Iíd made up my mind
to become a pro guitarist and move to the United States and pursue my
dream. Needless to say, my
mother was dismayed at my interest in rock 'n roll but she figured it was
better than fighting. I left
Japan with her blessing at 19 and by 22 years old I became a full time
rock 'n roll pro on the Miami scene.
I still love to train, however, and find myself in
the gym almost every day. I
Karateís Empowered Dit Da Jow daily as preventive maintenance on my
ankles (which are prone to injury). Also
Iím applying it to a torn shoulder tendon injury which I have been
nursing for the past 8 months. Playing
guitar 6-8 hours a day can be brutal to the hands too.
Three years ago I started getting some mild tendonitis in my left
hand and began applying the jow to that as well.
I also recommend it routinely to all my advanced students that
would suffer from any kind of hand pain from extensive practicing or use
of heavy gauge strings. It
has kept me playing hard on the guitar and active in the gym and I am
definitely grateful to have discovered it.
If you would like to learn more about myself and my
music just google my name: Dyce Kimura, or go to www.dycekimura.com
You can find me on facebook as well (search my name),
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I work as a full time guitar teacher these days and
Iím an active worship leader in several different church ministries.
Feel free to send me a note on how you use the Dit da Jow!
P.S. Don't worry - - I came up with the title for this article. Dyce
is WAY too humble to even come up with this for himself.