Well the dojo grading is over for this year. I changed the concept a little, making it a little harder for the students. Its not only a challenge for the students who do the grading but for those yudansha who must judge. After all we are all different, by age, body [...]
Well by know everyone is back in their own countries after a hectic few days in Japan. The World tournament is only held every four years, but what a tournament, on the final day Tokyo metropolitan Gymnasium was sold out. The atmosphere was electric, for those who had travelled from [...]
We are supposed to have a Budo style of Karate but sometimes we forget and become too familiar with our Semapi, calling them by their first name for example. Or when having a photograph taken with them and putting your arms on their shoulders and just hanging there, or just [...]
Honbu 1971 consisted of a basement where there were changing rooms and showers. The first floor was the entrance and a small dojo, the second floor was the main dojo and then the office and finally Sosai's living quarters. I lived behind Honbu at the uchi-deshi apartment.
On the left that's me under the famous winter camp water fall. While most students did not really stand directly under the water I decided I would. Which meant I had a bad headache from the water pounding on my head, good days. On the right is me trying to [...]