This is an e-mail I received for Kyoshi Tallack who is the Canadian Representative for the International Division of the Dai Nippon Butokukai in which Sensei Laura, Sensei Mike, the Dojo and some black belts are a member of.  Other black belts may consider becoming a member.  If you are interested please speak to me.

Many of you already do this as it is already is your character and we are very proud of you.

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Dear DNBK Member;

As we enter into this next season of Budo events the question “What is the meaning of DNBK membership?” has been asked again.

The tenets of the Dai Nippon Butokukai include Respect, Compassion, Gratitude, Honour, Integrity, Loyalty and Discipline.

If we are to truly benefit from our involvement in the DNBK we must do more than just give ‘lip-service’ to these ideals.

There are many people who believe they are owed something from others, or that it is their right to ‘take ‘ from their community, their schools or their Dojo and never give back beyond money they pay for Dojo upkeep and expense.

Other people give and give with no respite.

In the last seasons members in Kingston, Oshawa, Fredricton, Charlottetown and Victoria have all contributed time to ongoing programs at Boys and Girls Clubs or initiated new ones.

Diliberto Kyoshi not only offered support to the Boys and Girls programs but also arranged, produced and taught two seminars, outside of his home community, and contributed ALL proceeds to Hamilton Shelter.

The example put forward by Kyoshi Diliberto should serve as an inspiration to all of us.

What will you do to give back?

Volunteer in your community.

Help the less fortunate.

Visit a home for the aged.

Any of these activities speak well for your character, and the lessons learned there from may be life changing as they assist you on your path of understanding true Budo

If you would, please support our DNBK in Canada to allow us to continue to offer service to our communities both through charitable work and in our mission to preserve the tenets and techniques of classical Japanese Martial Arts for future generations.

Gassho,

K.B. Tallack, BA., Kyoshi,

Canadian Representative,

International Division, Dai Nippon Butokukai