This week we shall (thanks to clover) be going to study newaza with grand master Yukimura Haruki.
I am SO excited to be doing this. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the very best! It’s always exciting for me to have an opportunity to learn so as the date approaches I’m really starting to feel the excitement.
Clover surprised me with this trip for my birthday treat, how cool is that? I’ll be blogging about the experience afterwards but for now… how cool is that?
What a really good learning experience does is open your mind to new possibilites, possibilities you hadn’t suspected before. Further it gives you a way into those new experiences.
One thing that I think is worth emphasising is the tremendous contribution that the interpreters made to this class. In a large part due to the fact that not only were they there because they spoke excellent Japanese but also they were students of Yukimura Sensei and therefore understood what they were translating and could also spot the mistakes that we made during the day. They were very much part of making the day what it was.