(Noda Histaka was the director of PachiTangLang Japan, and one of Grandmaster Su foremost students. This text was written by Grandmaster Su’ s daughter, Su I-Ting.)
In memoriam to our fellow in arms Noda Histaka
By Su I-Ting
I remember that about 21 years ago, dad, Master Su Yu Chang, let me know that a Japanese student would come to our house, then we lived in Caracas, Venezuela. It was the first time that I knew Noda Hisataka. He came to our house, saw the objects we had at home, many were weapons. He recognized what each of the objects was. But the most surprising was, that he recognized the handwriting of Master Liu Yun Chiao: there on hand fan, on top of my piano. He said: “That is the writing of the Master Liu.” I said, with my ignorance: “No !?” He said: “Yeah, sure”. I could not remember his face in that time, just remember that it seemed so strange that a Japanese came from so far away to recognize objects of our house, and also knew more than me. Today, I understand that he was studying and researching martial arts.
We would not match until 2000th year, was in the International Pachitanglang Course, celebrated in Taiwan. He led a large group of Japanese students. I had little idea about him, from Martial Arts videos he edited. I had seen them, they were the best that had done so far. I thought, of course, “made in Japan; Sony, Panasonic…” However, it is not only technology, it was the accuracy of the contents, the hard work is inside which correctly reflected Pachitanglang studies. It is noteworthy that in international courses, if we started at such a time, he alone or with his students had done first before all the other students. Also impressed me, so true and correct acting under the orders of Master Su. Speed, efficiency and accuracy. He is a student and teacher, 100% dedicated to the teachings of Pachitanglang, both practically and theoretically.
Noda San was very hospitable to guest’s students from other countries. No lacked details and focus on courses he organized. If previously there was war between Japan and Taiwan, is not the fault of our generation, among people Pachitanglang have shown that peace and love is possible between the two countries. And so it also extends to other countries. Fans of martial arts also are lovers of world peace.
Martial arts is not just to be long lived, and great fighters, those are not the only targets. We exercise our body, also our soul (heart). We learn to be stronger on the outside and inside. The martial spirit is not measured by years we lived, but by how we have lived. Noda San suddenly left without saying goodbye, which is his characteristic humility. He worked with Master Su, behind the scenes; and likewise wanted to leave quietly, at a time knowing that his work has culminated in this life. He has left a great legacy to continue to support all students of Pachitanglan and others Martial Arts. His humility is glorification of his constancy, work and honesty. This is the spirit of a martial warrior, both in body and soul. We all know what our day of birth, but nobody know when we die. Hopefully, my last day of life, be like him, peaceful, with the feeling of having done well, what I have to accomplish in this life.
In memory of a great teammate and martial warrior.