9315Re: [Yoshinkan] Re: senshusei!
- Mar 6, 2013Hi Ben,
Thanks for the update. It is great to hear from a Senshuei - its been a few years since we had any current or recent ones join our group.
It's nice to hear that the teachers are compassionately brutal - it seemed to me that the brutal had outweighed the compassion for a few years. Just doing the three classes a day for a year is hard enough - there is no reason to make it any harder.
Keep up the training after you graduate. Too many people drop out after the course - which i dont understand... why put up with it all if you aren't going to keep it up. Also, aikido is much, much more fun after the course ends. Over the next couple years you will find yourself relearning things that you thought you had learned before- the course is so compact that your body and brain needs time to sort out everything. The "Aha!" moments are worth it.
From: grumpybenjamin <benkun@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8:59 AM
Subject: [Yoshinkan] Re: senshusei!
Thanks for the shout out. Sorry I didn't reply until now. I'm still getting the hang of the yahoo interface.
I tried posting some stuff about my course but Im not sure it went through. Just in case, I'm copying it below.
In general, what I know of the past few years is that the course endures, although structurally it may have changed quite a bit. For the most part, the cops train together with the intl folk. Most people who join are white belts. Most of the really nasty training (usagi tobi, hundreds of breakfalls, sit in seiza for over an hour) is largely gone after April. Also, the Takadanobaba dojo means there is a lot less space so when cops and intl are together hajime geiko can get very awkward. There are also only 2 uchideshi now and no full-time sewanin.
The fundamental things appear to be the same though. The course is grueling, the teachers are brutal (though compassionately so), and a good number of people spend most of the course with an injury. Everyone spends a year being told how awful they are and nevertheless graduates with a black belt, something I personally found very confusing until I started going to the dojo as a regular member this week and was shocked to find myself being selected as uke for the sensei because I had better ukemi than anyone else in the class. I had started senshusei when I was still mukyuu so this was pretty big for me.
Oh and of course while dojo politics at honbu remains an absolute mess the teachers are still top notch. Some things never change.
The 22nd class of the kokusai senshusei program had our graduation ceremony
yesterday so I thought I would give a shout-out to the list.
Our main teachers were Chino Shihan, now dojocho, Noriki Shihan, Nakajima Shihan
of the police, and uchideshis Yanagihara Shidoin and Uchikawa Shidoin.
We were also taught by Oyamada Shihan, Sonoda Shihan, and Kimura Shihan (police)
up until the end of December. Shioda Soke briefly taught us before he left the
dojo in June and his son Masa Sewanin would occasionally show up in keiko. Romeo
Shihandai and Noda Shidoin visited a few times.
We started with 12 and ended with 8. Of those who graduated, our ages ranged
from 18 to 36 and all but one of us were male. 3 of us were foreign and the rest
Japanese, although this included one half-filipino and one bilingual. We were
almost entirely beginners, except for Oyamada Shihan's son who entered 3rd dan
and graduated 4th after spraining his knee in the middle of his final test. Ours
was the first year in which Chino Sensei was in charge of the dojo for most of
the duration of the course.
If anyone has any questions about honbu or other details about the course I'd be
happy to answer them. Our shaonkai (thank-you party) is in 5 hours so if you
reply quickly I might be able to pass something on to the senseis.
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> Hey all,
> We just had a current senshusei join our group.
> Ben - I'd love to hear about your course. We've not heard much from people in the last couple of courses.
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