My friend’s experience in Japan

Steven shared with me an experience in Japan, when he went there in 1996. By then he was probably a 3rd kyu, which entitled him to wear a brown belt in Singapore. But in Japan, you are either white or black, black being a dan grade. So he wore a white belt and had a practice session with a senior fella, wearing a hakama.

And in Japan, when you select a partner for training, you are stuck with that partner throughout the class. So, choose your partner well, if you got a senior belt and an aggressive one, good luck and good evening to you!

He told me that he was training with this fella wearing a hakama, doing irimi nage. the first round of 4 turns was OK. but the subsequent round, the senior guy, took his head like a melon and slammed it hard on the ground.

Steve was like wondering what the heck was that all about?

So they did the round as per normal, and the third round came, the hakama fella did the same thing, and slammed his head to the mat again. After that the senior belt bowed and walked away, ending their encounter. Ending the session abruptly.

Till this day, Steve was left wondering if he had been ‘disrespectful to the senior in anyway to deserve the treatment.

He probably will never find out.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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