Two days after getting back from the Parksville kobudo seminar and I am still coming down from the experience.
And not just the driving! 🙂
Some incredible opportunities to connect with other Tesshinkan members, to see Tamayose Sensei and his wife – and to learn!
This is really the only opportunity that I get to spend with my Tesshinkan peeps – time and cash being the rare commodities.
So, you may ask – you travelled all the way to Vancouver Island (by car, one may add) for a day and a half of training? Are you crazy?
Well, that has been debated, especially by my loved ones. But, unless you are a martial artist, it is hard to explain. Even then, travelling to train is still vastly different from travelling to study.
But, yes, roughly 17 hours on the road, both ways, and a two ferry rides for roughly two days of training.
You can’t beat it.
It’s not just that my fellow kobudo brethren are terrific people (they are!) or that the training is second to none (it is!). It is the opportunity to learn and share. To soak up knowledge and view people who truly love their craft.
Training, especially training before Sensei and one’s seniors, is truly a humbling experience. But, it is the support you get from them. The tips to improve and the viewpoints on form that are invaluable. People are giving of their time and their expertise. There is most certainly a “pass it on” spirit to it all.
It is also the notion that what is being learned is critical for the preservation of the art. In order for the Okinawan arts to continue, it is imperative that they be shared beyond the borders of the island chain we know and love.
That’s why training and practising is so vitally important.
Without wanting to sound too maudlin, we are carrying on a tradition – a life’s work of the study of kobudo. And not even one life – a collection of lives. From Tamayose Sensei from Akamine Sensei – and from Taira Sensei before him! There is more than a small pressure to get it right.
So why do I do it?
It’s not because I have to. That implies that there is pressure or some ordinance to participate.
It is because I want to. It is a choice I make based on my connection to the art and my admiration of the people.
Let’s call it is a karate/ kobudo thing. Once you get involved in the art, you’ll understand! 🙂