|Kigu undo is often a difficult introduction to Okinawan karate|
Returning home from the JKA gasshuku at 10.00pm on the Sunday evening, saw me back in the dojo at 8.00am the following morning, ready to help my three guests. In spite of the differences in our karate the three hours passed quickly, and before I knew it the first training of the week was over. I'll be seeing the goju guys again early next year, but for the following six days Jon, my visitor from South Australia, would train with me every morning, as well as join in with the regular evening training.
I have to hand it to Jon, he worked hard and showed some courage to step so far out of his comfort zone. The week provided him with a few valuable lessons as I went about introducing Jon to the Okinawan approach to karate training. Like so many others who have come before him, more than one aspect of our training proved difficult for him to grasp, although as usual, I could see it was the conceptual challenges I presented him with that proved the most difficult.
|By weeks end Jon was beginning to make many new connections in his karate|