Tony Lam wrote:
Hello all members. How many members are from the Bay Area? Has anyone had a chance to train in Japan? How was the experience compare to training in the United States?
I train in Santa Cruz and I'm often over the hill visiting various dojo.
Having never trained in Japan, I can't make a truly educated comment except to say that the people I've trained with who trained in Japan (or are from Japan) are universally mixed. It's either "training, just like here" or it's "more intensive".
The only difference I've noticed is that people who go to Japan are often more skilled in general terms, but I think it has more to do with how interested and committed to training they are.. and in fact, when I calibrate them against people I know who have never gone to Japan, it's difficult to observe the differences.
Of course, I am in-experienced enough in these things to have an authoritative opinion.