It is with great sadness that I must announce the death of our most senior Shotokan member of our dojo, Domenic Acquaviva. Domenic died Thursday August 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM. As most of you know he had been battling leukemia for almost a year and a half. He fought this disease right up until the end like the brave warrior he ALWAYS was.
Domenic and I went from being rivals, to being friends and then to being business partners in the dojo. I always respected and admired his martial arts skills. Domenic was a true warrior and I learned a great deal from him during our 32 year relationship. I will always remember him with the highest regard. The dojo is a poorer place without his talent there. Rest in peace my friend and partner! You will be missed by many in your life and at the dojo as well. ~Brian
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home”.
~ Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger), Shawnee Nation 1768-1813