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Creation Date: 09-28-2005 03:07 AM
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  #23 New 04-15-2006 01:25 AM
The local prefecture government opened the Kenritsu Budokan a few years back, it`s quite a spectacular place. There are four 300 tatami dojo`s next to each other, where the walls can slide back joining them together. The local government decided they wanted to promote Japanese Budo and sponsored a number of arts, Aikido being one of them. Nakao Sensei was asked to teach a 10:00 AM slot on Tuesday mornings for housewives.

I accompanied him down on the train from Kobe, a good one and a half hour trek. We had a god old chin wag about Aikido things and such, as we got to the dojo he said "today you will be my joshu" (joshu = helper). The class was an hour and a half long and catered for all of 3 students.........plus me and Sensei. Again he taught kokyu waza, by which I mean, he has been doing all class from ryote dori in suwari, hanmi handachi, hanmihandachi with two ukes, and tachi. All techniques start with kokyu ho before he evaporates into nothing and throws you with immense power, or you end up falling over yourself........I love it.

Class finishes and Izutsu san (who had recently visited me in England) wanted to take some photo`s. We then made our way back to the train for the hour and a half ride back to Kobe.

I hadn`t trained for almost a month because of a suspect hernia, but now I`ve just down nearly 10 hours of classes in a little over 3 days. I need a good long soak in a hot bath .

I head back into central Kobe to go and pick up the new embroidered keiko gi I`d ordered the week before. The only problem was it was raining cats and dogs, absolutely persisting down, the news later that night said that we`d had record rainfall. I can testamount to that because most of it was in my shoes and jeans, I was bloody soaked through, all I needed now was to find the shop closed..........
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