NKS word of the year 2020…Nintai 忍耐, Perseverance

January 1, 2020 marked the beginning of a brand-new decade that many looked at with optimism and as a chance of improving our all around condition. But very quickly the year took a contradictory turn. Although we maintained effort and positive attitude, there were challenges at every turn. We felt things were simply out of our control. We did the best we could, and tried to lift the spirits of others, while feeling emotionally drained ourselves. Yet we learned that those of us who have a “why” to live can bear anything, and raise above all circumstances. Maybe we lost our step, but never lost our purpose.

We all know that 2021 has to be simply ‘better’.

The pandemic will be controlled, the economy will return, and general feeling of angst will evaporate. We will travel to distant lands, and visit friends who are near by. We will train more, even grapple or spar together. Our class sizes will swell in numbers. At some point we will actually see the uncovered smiles, and hug loved ones. This will be accomplished by giving a bit of time, staying focused on our goals, and paying attention and respecting the needs of all. The imminent vaccines, are crucial (for physical and mental reasons). But the support and love of our families, friends and the NKS community is the true essential medicine for 2021.

Nintai, Cezar Borkowski