Thursday, March 24, 2011

Greetings from Chicago!

I'm in Chicago, even as I type this. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've ever traveled more than a couple hundred miles away from home BY MYSELF. Yes, I've lived an extremely sheltered life, but there's a first time for everything, right?

Anyway, I'm here for Mugai Ryu seminars and to maybe (big maybe) test for shodan. Now I know I mentioned previously that shodan is like a black belt, but it isn't the kind of black belt that most people think of. It doesn't mean you're an expert. In many Japanese martial arts shodan means more along the lines of dedicated beginner. It's a lifetime learning process, so I don't think the ranks are even that important in the grand scheme of things. So, I'm not promising anything, testing-wise, even though it would be nice to complete a goal ahead of schedule, for once.

Regardless of whether or not I end up testing I'm really looking forward to learning a lot this weekend. Tomorrow the seminars run from 11am until 7pm. I'm sure I'll be pretty wiped out, but I'll try to make an update before I turn in for the night.

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