Miami native and martial arts expert Daniel Rosenberg, a graduate of Palmer School (now Palmer-Trinity) and later earned his MBA from the University of Miami in 1991, has completed his first book Uchi-Deshi on his life in the ring.
After graduation from UM, Rosenberg went on to compete in martial arts across the globe. He was part of the historic first US National Karate team to be invited to train at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1989, and competed for Team USA from 1986 through 1994.We chatted:
Why did you write this book? I originally wrote this book for my children Skye and Connor to share with them some of my real-life challenges and the processes as well as the mental imagery I used to overcome the challenges and succeed. Equally as important, was a cycle in life that I wanted them to understand. That is the cycle of Challenge-Struggle-Triumph. Successful people and organizations constantly challenge themselves. I wanted them to see this.
How did you convey that imagery?
I use personal challenges which I faced, some of which are very dark and graphic, to illustrate real life examples for them. Ironically, many of these stories resonate with other people, which is why I decided to get this published. For example, when I share the story about the broken leg I suffered while fighting in Mexico, it is graphic. It is also an example of how I had to have a complete paradigm shift in my thought processes and mental imagery to heal, get stronger, and survive emotionally
What does “Uchi-Deshi mean?
The word Uchi-Deshi is a Japanese phrase with deep cultural meaning. The literal translation is one who is a “Live-in Disciple or Student” of one of traditional martial arts or of Japan. I was very fortunate to be taught in the “Traditional” ways by Okano Sensei. I learned old school martial arts and from a culture which has prided itself on its martial skills for 1000 years.
You attended both college and high school in Miami, how did this affect your outlook?
The great part about growing up in Miami is that I was able to see life without an ethnic compass. From the girls I dated to the friendships I have maintained throughout my lifetime; color, race, and religion were never really a consideration because of the broad diversity of our city. I always judged people by their actions, rather than superficial titles.