Edvard Sefer biography
I am a 65-year-old engineer with a master’s degree in engineering science, also known as Edvard Šefer, Edward Schafer, Edward Schaffer and Edward Schaeffer. Knowing physicprinciples and laws helped me a lot during my research same as knowledge of Reiki, Bioenergy, Anatomy and Acupressure.
At this time, I am writing my PhD under the name Philosophy-History-Art explaining Bubishi drawings, six kata break down rules, proper use of six Ji hands, giving proper explanation for six animals style and several kata Bunkai explanation.
I first encountered karate back in the 1970s. At that time, I was a student; a black belt master of Judo (whose name I do not remember) offered karate Shotokan lessons and then opened a karate club in Ljubljana. This was first karate club in the city and I joined it at the very beginning. We were training basic movements, like doing Tsuki in deep horse stance for a whole hour. This gave me a lot of strength and I learned basic movements very well. We learned the first few Heian Kata, too.
I remember showing this Kata to my father who was a national champion in fencing in Yugoslavia before World War Two and was somewhat of a street fighter in his youth. Later, he studied and became stomatologist. He was actually so fast and precise that he was able to cut a fly in midflight with scissors. When he saw the Kata, I was practicing and when I explained him the moves, he told me directly: “This has no sense… you will be beaten by anybody who has a little sense for fight”.
He encouraged me to give up practicing but the wish to learn more stayed with me for a long time. In the beginning 1990s, at a gym I meet Borut Kincl who was at that time a young man with Shotokan first Dan black belt (he now has 6 Dan or more). He was just opening his karate club above the gym and I joined him.
A great break trough in my knowledge happened when we visited several times GM George Dillman at the Mohamed Ali training camp in USA and learned about pressure points.
Another big break through happen when I visited Mr. Song T. Park seminar and learn Kiai jujitsu.
I visited many other seminars and I followed Confucius (551–479 BC) teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher who wrote:
- You cannot open a book without learning something.
- If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
- I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
- Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
- Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- The object of the superior man is truth.
- Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
- I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.