|Last weekends visitors to the Shinseidokan|
Long time training partners and best friends, Alan and Craig, (right) have been visiting the Shinseidokan for a number of years. Both are students of Minei sensei in Okinawa, and practice kobudo under Gaja sensei in Yonebaru. Travelling to Okinawa each year to improve their knowledge and seek correction, in between their travels north, they head south to Tasmania. As their karate teacher was a senior student of Miyazato Eiichi sensei, there is little difference in the karate we practice.
It was a first time visit to the Shinseidokan, and Tasmania, for Terry and Mikiko-san (left & centre), and both seemed to enjoy the training and the location. Certainly for my part, it was a pleasure to have them in the dojo. Terry is also a member of the Minei dojo in Okinawa, but Mikiko-san is a member of the Jundokan.
|The weekend wasn't all training|
All my visitors have, without doubt, a strong grasp of karate; but that has never been enough to ensure progress. For that to happen it requires a particular transformation in a student's mind about what karate is. Many karateka learn quickly how to practise their karate, but a much smaller number come to appreciate what karate actually is. I think my visitors are almost there, they have the right knowledge, they have the right physical ability, all they need now, is the right mind.