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October 9 2007 at 11:45 AM
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tom bleecker  (Login kenpotom)
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Response to Setting the record straight


>There is no short and Long Form 4<

There is a Short 4, and I'm the originator, at least according to Mr. Parker.

In 1987 I entered the Long Beach Internationals black belt competition. When my name was called for to perform my kata, and after the usual introductions, I began - got about 25 moves into Form 4, and then stopped abruptly because I reinjured my ankle, which in turn caused me to freeze. Knowing my ankle would get worse if I continued, I closed out the form, bowed respectfully, and then walked to the sidelines. When the head judge asked if I wanted to redo the form, I respectfully declined.

Hours later I was walking down a corridor, and when I rounded a corner, found myself face-to-face with Mr. Parker, who said with a slight grin, "Hey, Tom, I heard about your making history earlier." I replied, "What history?" He said, "Your performance of Short Form 4!" And off he went. I was a little embarrassed, to say the least. While true that since I debuted Short 4 in August 1987 no one has asked about it or performed it, but who cares? I'm the originator of what has become "a forgotten form!"


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