My History with Prof. Francisco Lambago
My History with Prof. Francisco Limbago began in 1990 at the first Danzan Ryu O-hana. I had an immediate connection with this amazing man. It was Prof. Limbago and one of his brown belts, (Eric Montinaea). He just showed up. You must remember, he lived in Waianae, Hawaii, and my dojo was in Washoe Valley, Nevada at the time. I was astonished. After that visit, I could find no excuse for not becoming one of his students. I traveled to Oahu on several occasions to train with him and he came to my dojo several times when he was on the mainland. I would travel to Waianae to treat him for his diabetes whenever I could. Prof. re-established my belief in Danzan Ryu and the incredible journey that it is. Always laughing and always with an insight that was beyond the surface and that could reach most of those around him, he was not afraid of putting people in their place or letting you know if you screwed up. He was the influence that I will to learn from and will always strive to emulate. A man that did not mince words, or withhold his beliefs just for political expedience; Prof. Limbago was and still is driving force in my life both as a martial artist and a human being.
One of the things I admired about him is his ability to “tell it like it is” attitude and not feel the necessity to be politically correct for the sake of “not ruffling feathers.” He would say, “We are all adults and must learn to face our mistakes and shortcomings so we may emerge into more light and life.” “Life is not always a pat on the back and a smile, but you can always make it a growing process.”