Letting Go

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.

3 thoughts on “Letting Go”

  1. Chris says:

    Dear Karen,

    Ja! Megan and Tristan will live to be in another book! Sanchin is now on its way to what I think will be a very nice send off, I would love a few copies to distribute as i think it is worth letting everyone share in the joy I had in reading a book that was very real. The ups and downs of life, and the struggles of a karateka and how one deals with expectations. the books has it all 🙂

    Now i will wait patiently for Yantsu! *twiddles thumbs* I guess as I journey through Kyokushin, Yantsu will be a book that ill peg my journey to, chapter by chapter, as I get better and better.


  2. Karen says:

    Ja – Now there’s a good South Africanism. You learn fast. 😀

    Thanks, Chris. I’m going to be working on Yantsu from tomorrow. I just have a few final odds and ends to tie up on Sanchin and then book two is my top priority.

    If the scene makes it to final draft, Tris does get a little mention in Yantsu too 😉

  3. Chris says:

    That would be awesome! Train hard and remember, enjoy what you do always!

    We are behind you!

    Thank you for your support too and as you know everything is a circle, and we are all part of something.
    Thank you for inspiring me and making the fire that already burns bright even brighter. You are a person of great courage.
    And Im glad you did comment on my blog!


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