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I never set out to do such an elaborate mural. Initially, I just painted the skeleton on the wall with the basic angles of attack shown. Then, being an iconoclast by nature, I thought it would be interesting to paint the crossed sword and stick over the Philippine archipelago on the door to the storage room, but not just on the door... that would be too easy and ordinary. No, I had to paint outside the lines, as it were. So, you'll notice that the weapons actually expand beyond the door frame. That was the beginning. Over a period of four or five years, I covered pretty much the entire wall. Much of what is painted as reference material for the students is intentionally written in code, if you will, not because I wanted to keep it secret but simply because I didn't want students glancing at the wall to answer questions I posed to them. In other words, I didn't want it to be a giant cheat sheet. Basically, if you knew the material well enough to be able to deciper the code, you wouldn't need to reference the wall to remember it. Anyway, I was contemplating going to the ceiling with more when the pandemic showed up. We waited it out for a time (as did we all) but eventually decided to move the school to my backyard, so we could keep training, even with the lockdowns. When the day came and I had to paint over the mural, I won't deny that it stung a little but it didn't bother me as much as some might think. I can always paint another. In any case, as I have had innumerable requests to do so over the years since we closed that commercial location, I present this image in hopes that it will continue to inspire. Keep training!     – Guro Mark Mikita

Mural Wall Wide-Angle Shot (printed on metal)

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