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A Samurai in Lubbock

Komei Sekiguchi is 57-years-old. In Japan he's considered a national treasure, holding the keys to a martial art that's 500-years-old. He is, a samurai. He also likes cheeseburgers.

"Sensai, your buns are up!," calls the waitress at Buns Over Texas. It's his first time to the Lone Star state, and the art of mastering a cheeseburger is something he's still working on. But in his role as Samurai, his mastery is clearly in more than just swordsmanship.

"I don't think of myself as this Grand-Master or this wonderful teacher that must be followed. I don't even think I am the only teacher. I always try to remember that I am the servant," he said through his translator.

Humility. Grand-Master Komei Sekiguchi has 20,000 students and has traveled to 62 countries. When he walks into an American karate studio, he's treated like a rock star. But underneath it all is a humble man, literally working for world peace. Replacing his ego with an open heart.

"I don't think I know it all. And so when a student comes to learn from me, I say, 'I want to learn from you too, let's learn together,'" he said.

One man's message of unity in a world of division, and a warning to those who choose to ignore it.

"Hi-ya!," he shouts, as his blade cuts through the air. A samurai can be very persuasive.

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