Sorry it’s been such a long time since the last post. The coming of a new year always brings new tasks and responsibilities to take up ones time.
Well, so far this year, I’ve had the fortune of attending two seminars.
The first was with Shihan Jay Zimmerman in Little Rock, AR. Due to extreme and unforeseen car troubles during the drive to Little Rock, we missed all of the first day of training. However, Ergin-san and I looked at these obstacles and our responses to them as training/application of the heart and mind that is developed through training. More on that later…
We did finally arrive just as training was coming to a close and got to spend some face time with Shihan Zimmerman and Shidoshi Walker at dinner, then later at Shidoshi Walker’s home. We all shared good stories, funny jokes, and thoughts on training.
The following day, we practiced some advanced taijutsu concepts using some of the kata from Takagi-yoshin ryu. I was personally fortunate to be used as Uke for the entire day. Those that already train in Budo know what a privilege and gift being uke can be. For those that are new to martial arts, being uke for a Shihan level teacher means that you will pick up small, but important points that go beyond verbal explanation.
Anyway, the key points that I took from the second day of training was the use of bait/threat, pressure/release, and filling/creating vacuums all within the space of the technique. Again, advanced concepts.
I would like to thank Shihan Zimmerman for the great instruction and for using me as uke all day. Thank you to Shidoshi Jeff Walker for hosting the seminar at his dojo and for inviting us to his home for good conversation. Thank you to Shodan Mitch Parker (originally one of my students from Tuscaloosa, AL) for providing a place to lay our heads. And finally thank you to all at the Bujinkan Arkansas Dojo for welcoming us with open arms. I can’t wait till next time!