You've heard the expression, if you're the best in the room...you're in the wrong room. Well, yesterday a dozen of us from the dojo found the "right" room as we had the opportunity to train with the legendary founder of Enshin Karate: Kancho Joko Ninomiya.
The three hour seminar was much like trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant. So much was covered that it was impossible to really let much soak in. We did walk away with some interesting principles and insights that we can begin applying immediately. It was a great experience that was also incredibly humbling. One of the main differences, that I perceive, between Kyokushin (my style) and Enshin, is that Enshin allows for grabs, sweeps, and throws in a way that we don't really allow in competition. So, since most of the techniques we practiced yesterday were initiated with a grab, immediately my "karate IQ" dropped like a hot rock.
Yesterday was a blast. I don't know if I would have been in a place when I was younger where I could put myself into a situation like yesterday and only see all of the positives. It was humbling for sure, but it's really only through humility that we learn what we need to work on, which builds confidence.