Xiao Ye and myself arrived Shanghai shortly before 1100am, checked in our hotel and walked to the dojo; thanks to Mrs. inChina that, on short notice, managed to find us a nice and inexpensive accommodation 5 minutes away.
It is not the same dojo as the one that stranded me two weeks ago; it is the same organization, but the place is brand new. It is actually not yet opened to the public: the first class is on Monday.
We will use this beautiful facility Saturday for the test of 13 hopeful brown belts aspiring to earn their desired Kyokushin Black Belt.
The dojo is located inside a sports complex that harbors several buildings, the largest being a full sized athletic stadium, complete with what could be 30,000 seats.
The new facility is adjacent to a basketball stadium with seats for 4-500 persons and shares the changing rooms, showers and restrooms with it; it does not require an immense effort of imagination to foresee that the next knock down competition will take place on the basketball court, it is perfect and only needs some puzzle mat tiles to be assembled on the floor to be ready.
The training hall has a smaller room that will host yoga classes but is otherwise dedicated to karate. The facility is opened from 0930 till 2230; We are welcomed by a very friendly karateka that immediately takes us on a short tour:
On the right of the lobby is a small waiting room furnished with two sofas, a coffee table and a large TV set and is directly opened to a 200 square meters gym, complete with weight machines, running machines and heavy bags. the place is well lit and the music system is of god quality. From there, two doors lead to the dojo itself and the yoga room already mentioned.
The dojo is 10×15m and covered with puzzle mat tiles that are soft and agreeable; a little bit slippery to my taste, but this might be because they are brand new. 3 large windows dispense ample light; the ceiling is probably 15 meters high and hosts an air conditioning system that seems adapted and very powerful. The opposite wall is fully covered by mirrors.
We had a great day training day where Shihan Gong dropped by and said hello; we were invited to share some take away food that was promptly delivered. During this impromptu dinner, we had a chance to talk about what happened in the other dojo last week (if you remember, a brown belt refused to partner with me and I was asked to step aside)… Nidan said he remembered the incident and tried to explain the unexplainable… I let the face saving moment pass and we all agreed that it was “unfortunate”…
This dojo has everything to provide top class instruction; class starts Monday, already two students have registered… In the meantime, we will be training there tomorrow afternoon, and also have 13 aspiring black belts tested on Saturday; now that I have solved Mrs. InChina’s new camera hook up problem to my PC, get ready for more…