Thought I'd share a few thoughts around this knife and myself. I grew up a pretty normal white kid in Medford, MA USA outside of Boston. When I was 19 and at university studying jewelry making and art, I started taking classes in Kundalini yoga. The process took me deep inside of myself - a place I'd never ventured - after playing soccer, basketball and baseball and being an average student in grade school. The insights I received began to guide my life. Yogi Bhajan was a Sikh man who brought this technology of yoga and meditation out of India to the West. He became my role model for over 30 years and guided me personally and professionally, a lot. He was the coolest guy I'd ever met. Humble, wise, fearless and kind - many more adjectives too really. He said: "Human is a blend of saint and soldier; this is a complete person. If you are not a soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you are only a soldier, not a saint, you will start kicking others around." My last year in university was spent working at making several knives. Since I wasn't a hunter, I began making weapons for personal defense. The Spyderco/JSK was designed to be something that would be practical to use, as a means of personal protection. Jim Keating creating a system back in the late 90's which you can see and download at this link http://www.khalsakirpans.com/products/s ... ding-knife
I trained in varied martial arts for over 30 years, which I always enjoyed as something that deeply relaxed me and afforded confidence. I adopted the Sikh religion way before the 9/11 tragedy and Osama Bin Ladens face was everywhere. From my research, study and living example in my teacher, it was a noble, inspired, and exemplary approach to life. After 9/11 many thought I was Osamas cousin, because in the West we have little exposure to turbans and many tend to be fearful of what they do not know about. I'm a pretty happy guy and tend to smile a lot. This helped some. As a rule, I also carry a very sharp knife and I've never had any kind of confrontation, where I had to protect myself or anyone else. I continue to see my role as one to encourage folks around tolerance, and educate about religions and Sikhs some.
I've taught several workshops around the spiritual warrior here in the US, Canada and in Europe. I'm reflecting, that in addition to the yoga intro that I do at Blade Show annually in Atlanta - I should also offer an intro to the spiritual warrior there. Any thoughts about that or anything else are welcome? Thanks for reading! I'm not on forums much. Try me at email@example.com
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