Date: 2014

Dimensions: 38" Diameter X 64" High

Materials: Cast Clear and Black Glass, Basswood, Steel

My interest in Japan and some encouragement from my daughter led me to study Goju Ryu Karate for several years. The term Goju-ryu actually means “hard-soft style,” which refers to the closed hand techniques (hard), and the open hand techniques and circular movements (wax on, wax off) that comprise this martial art, which originated in Okinawa.

Ancient Samurai armor, made from leather, bamboo and many coats of lacquer, was strong enough to deflect a sword strike.

Cezanne is said to have suggested a bridge between impressionism and cubism. He described how forms in nature could be abstractly represented as spheres, cylinders and cones… The original title of this piece was Cezanne’s Warrior.

The hands in this piece were life cast from Shihan (Master Instructor) Brad Wenneberg. Master Wenneberg holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Goju Shin-Ryu. He is the founder of one of the largest and most successful karate dojos in the country and a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.