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Friday morning 5:30 AM I`m crawling out of bed. I hadn`t had much sleep as I had no alarm clock and I needed to rise early (any one `d think I needed a holiday ), so I`d dozed most of the night waking at regular intervals to check the clock, and not even a result of jet lag.........
I leave the house just after 6:00 making my way to the subway. I jump on the train and start reading my book, something I haven`t managed to do for some time, but I`d bought this book the day before in Tokyo and hadn`t been able to put it down since, something to do with Da Vinci......Oh jeez, Okurayama, I was so engrossed I nearly missed my stop, I jump up and just make it through the doors.
I`m sitting on the top step at the Seibukan, I can tell by the sound that Nakao Sensei is climbing the stairs, he rounds the corner and seeing me smiles "Ohayo", he hands me the keys to the dojo and goes back down to change. The Seibukan is a three story building, a family friend lives on the ground floor, the second floor is a small "hotel" for distinguished guests and also used as a changing area for "erai sensei". The third floor is a 60 tatami dojo fully wood cladded inside.
Nakao Sensei`s wife Akiko san walks in, she spots me and smile "daijobu?" - are you Ok? she asks. I nod smiling back. Keiko begins, my first for nearly 4 weeks, I`m as happy a pig in the proverbial. Nakao sensei teaches the whole class on kokyu ryoku, some very interesting excercises that I must take back home. I survive the class, even took a few ukemi for Sensei .