We started the day with a great morning training session with Soke Sensei. It was a very powerful session and included kihons, kata and speed training yet it was intertwined with some bo and shinai exercises throughout. On Monday Soke Sensei mentioned a couple of details and applied pressure to my stance giving me a sense of instability which has had me exploring and thinking throughout my day. It was these very things that seemed to be stretched and expanded to greater levels in the Wednesday morning class.
I have written the entire class down and I’m sure it will be a format that I’ll use again to further help me with my studies. Although I don’t feel as though I really demonstrate these things very well, at least it is all processing within me. In time with continual practice I know I’ll get better.
Before we knew it we were off to Mt Aso. Minowa Sensei must have known we were going to have little time after training for breakfast so she had organised breakfast for us. Minowa Sensei is a remarkable person. Like a mum away from home for me.
Below are some photos of our adventures to Mt Aso and surrounds. It was a day of many experiences and lots of laughs. A big thank you to Minowa Sensei and Tomikosan for a great experience. It was one very full day including Aso Volcano & museum, Aso Shrine, Kurokawa Hot Spring and loads of food testing along the way. Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos at the Kurokawa Hot Spring however it was magnificent. Here is a link to a website where you can learn more about the Kurokawa Hot Spring.
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And a quote for today: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all. love of what you are doing.” ~ Pele