I bow into the Dojo as the youth class is still in session. I pay close attention to my Sensei's words, even though they are not directed towards me they hold important and beneficial information. The youth class comes to an end, now is my turn to train. As soon as I step on the mat I look to the left and there he is. This student is always there, always watching me, always distracting me. Most of the time I can ignore him, but every so often I forget about avoiding him, and find his gaze upon
Three weeks ago I was getting ready to go home after training at a gym in central Nagoya. They have two dojo there, a Judojo and a Kendojo, that night my group was using the Judojo. I have been going there for the past 8 years and there are several groups using the same space. I know most of them by face as they do me, so there is a connection of mutual respect and acknowledgment in one another. We all get along.
There was a new guy at the gym who had taken up roost in middle of three competition
Updated 07-23-2011 at 01:56 by Mekugi
Japan is obsessed with cleaning. They make Mr. Clean look lazy. There is a serious "cleaning cult" in Japan, or should I say "Cultish Cleaning". This probably spans from religion and anyone versed in Nihon-ron would point there first. Shinto, the homogeneous religion of Japan that co-exists and shares turf with Buddhism, is more than likely the culprit as within Shinto there is a obsession with purity and cleanliness.
However, I am willing to say most of this as
Updated 06-13-2011 at 12:17 by Tripitaka of AA
(Proofreading corrections with Russ's permission)
"The Cleaning Cult" (continued from Part I)
So what does this have to do with anything??
Right....so here's the warp and woof of it. There is a Japanese cultural tendency to put one through the paces of a business, club or martial art. There's much more of a "fraternity" feel to the whole process than what I experienced in the West. Although it is true that there is a "Frat" feel to the martial arts as experienced in the Western world, in Japan this more an integral
Updated 06-14-2011 at 10:07 by Mekugi
In the past few years I have seen a lot of people present their credentials in Japanese martial arts accompanied by a picture of them with the head teacher, as proof of their authenticity. While this is fine and good most of the time, and they are most likely akin to "family pictures" I have found that there is sometimes a darker underbelly in doing this. That reason is fraud, one that is sometimes propagated by the Japanese school not being careful about pictures being taken and under what circumstances.
Updated 05-28-2011 at 21:40 by Mekugi