I introduce you Antonio Fois, Tonio, my teacher, has Dijon.
It was with him that I learned the Karate for about 4 years. He taught me almost everything I know:
The technique of course but also values fundamental principles of karate on which everyone can chart their course.
Everyday life means that I have very little opportunity to see Tonio again and I regret it.
It is now 6 th dan and I'm really proud and admiring to see him with his red and white belt.
Tonio is more than a teacher for his students, he is a father, a mentor, a friend, a guide ...
Tonio, it's a Grand Master !!!
Some time ago I found it on the occasion of the birthday of one of his students or rather his assistant, a friend, a Bruno like me (Hi Bruno! Oops, sorry Hello Kamikaze ;-))
In short, I saw Tonio and it really made me a huge pleasure. We talked a little about karate and notament of this blog and he congratulated me. He was glad to see that I was trying to broadcast at best what he had taught me.
I do not hide that I was very happy that he likes it because I had not spoken to him before. And I was especially proud that he encourages me.
I had decided, on my return, to write to him to thank him for all that he did for me. So I wrote him a letter. And then at the time of the poster, I told myself that through me, Tonio was also at the origin of this blog that you like so much and that brings you a lot.
Basically, it's a bit like him who created "Karate-Blog.net ™, karate clear and net", Tonio deserves more than just a mail, he is entitled to his article. I did not send him his letter but decided to publish it here.
Here is my letter to Tonio:
I'm very happy to have seen you last week. It's been so long.
To see you again and see some of the club's elders really made me happy, it was very moving.
I wanted through this letter to thank you for everything you brought me.
Since then, your warm welcome to work (Tonio was one of my colleagues) in 92, and your insistence for 2 years so that I start Karate.
What a good idea I had to listen to you finally. From the first class I knew that Karate was going to fascinate me.
You were able to put your trust in us by explaining that everyone started one day with a white belt.
I loved your classes, where the good mood and the work were constantly mixed up. I miss it, it smelled good sweat! (I think it's still that way.)
Your goodness, your generosity, your pedagogy, your kindness, your humility ... but also your requirement, your severity sometimes, really helped me to grow as Karateka and as a man.
If I'm a black belt today, it's thanks to you. You taught me to persevere. Thank you Tonio.
If I'm a teacher today, it's thanks to you. Your love for teaching, your pedagogy have given me the desire to follow this path and teach in my turn. Thank you Tonio.
If I managed to complete Ironman distance triathlons, it's thanks to you. If, yes, ... I still hear your voice in my head saying to me, " Do not stop, courage is that ! ". Thank you Tonio.
In short, Tonio, you'll understand, you're my Mentor. Thank you for everything.
See you soon, and as we say to the USCD: Ohayo Gozaimasu!
So, I hope you will not mind me giving so much away by publishing this mail, but I sincerely believe that Tonio is a great Master who deserves to be known. I can not thank him enough.
If you have the opportunity to move to Dijon, you can go practice at the USCD with Tonio, Bruno, Franck, Pascal, ... and girls, ... you will be very well received. Promised!
Leave me a comment, to me or to Tonio
(I did not tell him that I was publishing this article, but he will not be long in discovering it.)
See you soon,
"How to succeed your grade passes"