I want to say a huge thank you to Chris from Kyokushin Kan – A Journey Through Karate for reading through the final draft of Sanchin and allaying my biggest fear – will a fellow martial artist enjoy my book?
Chris is at the beginning of his journey in Kyokushin Karate (the style I train in and one which has strongly influenced the novel). He is also an experienced practitioner in other styles. Thank you, Chris, for taking the time to read the manuscript and to put my mind at rest.
This fear really was the one thing that had been holding me back. I had already had good feedback from non-martial artists and I feel confident now that, whatever else happens, I have managed to strike a balance between not boring my fellow karateka and not overwhelming the non-martial artist with arcane references and too much martial arts jargon.
So, the time has finally come to let Sanchin go. The last minute tweaks are done, the acknowledgements are written and I think it’s the best book I can write at this time.
Perhaps in a year or two, or maybe even a month or two, I’ll look back and find a hundred ways I could have made it better.
But for now, I have to let it be what it is and set it free.