60th Birthday Celebration
Here is my red suit photo. My teacher chose a red tux for his 60th in Japan to make a statement unique to the needs of the Japanese martial arts world of the early 1990s – more creativity, freshness, aliveness, and startling thinking.
At my 60th birthday party thrown by the students at the Dayton Quest Center dojo right before our 29th annual Festival, I chose a red gi and battle vest to show what I think we in late 2000s America need more of in our martial arts – more nobility, dignity, heroic presence, and pledge to ancient timeless ideals.
(That is my old “1980s barn dojo days” friend Bud Malmstrom next to me there with my family and friends; he drove in from Atlanta to celebrate our 32 years of friendship on our personal paths of warrior service.)
Here is a birthday greeting note from my teacher Masaaki Hatsumi:
Hayes-san, I hear this year is your Kanreki birthday.
A Kabuku actor considers 60 years old as the beginning for mastery of their art.
Zeami, famous Noh actor, says that you will return to the beginning at age 80.
Becoming old is wonderful.
You may lose your eyesight but your eyes will see the truth and authenticity.
I wish you health and long life.
A couple is like having eyes together.
Rumiko-san, enjoy the journey with Hayes-san, together.
Congratulation on your Kanreki birthday.
Heisei 21st Year September 9th.