|Karateka from around the world gathered in the Jundokan|
This visit was different because of the duel memorial celebrations taking place, so on this trip it really didn't matter what time I went to the dojo, it was always full. After a "packed" start people began to gravitate towards training either in the afternoon or the evening, with a few die-hards making the most of their time in Okinawa by spending several hours in the dojo each day.....good for them!
The same open-door policy used to be extended to non-members from overseas who were visiting the island, but due to a number of recent abuses by visiting gaigin (foreigners) it is no longer possible for foreigners to visit the Jundokan without first gaining a recommendation from a shibucho (branch head): no recommendation, no training!
I'll finish this ramble by thanking all those "new" friends I had the pleasure of sharing the dojo floor with. And, to the tiny number who clearly suffered from delusions of grandeur, no doubt brought on by being a big fish in their local pond back home, thanks for the reminder to cultivate my humility with as much vigour as I do my technique; perhaps if you kept your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds you may find your karate actually improves.