Osu, here is where I am at:
Heading to Shanghai tomorrow with Alex and Sempai Yu to train in Shihan’s dojo over the week end. We’ll go by bus; I let Alex organize where we’ll stay, etc… I’ve been a control freak in my professional travels for 20 years; I tell you, relinquishing just a little bit of that makes it feel like an adventure already. I am looking forward for some good training and good times; I’ll have pictures and stories to tell.
Alex’s question was: “what to do during the day?” – Indeed, we’ll be training at night… It doesn’t really matter to me for a day or two, but now I am wondering what I will do during the days once my karate journey is on the road? No worries, I am not freaking out, just wondering with quiet and serene anticipation.
I’ll go to Shanghai again on May 5th, together with our assistant instructor Xiao Ye. Mr Ye is taking t=his Shodan test and asked me to ride shotgun with him. I feel honored that he asked me and I am relishing the opportunity to witness first hand a shodan test. I’ll be training with Xiao Ye as much as possible between now and then. That’s more pictures and stories coming too…
I’ll be arriving at Dent’s dojo in New Jersey the second week of June. The question now is what to do during the first week; my options are:
- stopping in Paris and train with my son and a K4L colleague that will be there, or
- stopping in New York and attend the drawing class I’ve been wanting to go to for the last 4 years, or
- dropping by my parent’s for a few days… my mum doesn’t understand what this karate journey is all about. Not that I have any chance of successfully explaining it to her, but at least, I feel I must try.
My heart leans towards drawing in New York; no decision yet, but if someone has a sofa to rent in Manhattan, that would be nice… please drop me a line via my contact page. I could also do with a couple dojos to visit; if I go the drawing way, I’ll only be busy during the day & a bit of training and meeting new friends in the evening would be great (contact page).
My 3 sons confirmed their intention to join me at Dent’s in August for 3 weeks — they are getting organized with their dates, plane tickets, etc… That’s great! I am looking forward to it.
Mrs. InChina’s mood about my karate journey is on/off; she is getting used to the idea of me being away for long periods of time. Of course, she is not looking forward to it but she is being very supportive… There are still too many unknowns and “ifs” to really make a plan, but in case the travels take me to Southern Africa by Q4 and Australia by Q1 2011, she’s already said would like to join me there for a while.
As far as training is concerned, everything is going well except my left shoulder joint that is, again, giving warning signs of flaming! I am being careful and will try to drop by the hospital on Monday to get some advice.
I have also been procrastinating on clearing up my space & letting go of all these things I won’t be able to do or follow during my journey… Sometimes the obstacles to “escape the bucket of crabs” are self created.
PS: Sue at My Journey To Black Belt, that was stranded in Cyprus is being repatriated tonight to the UK – I trust you wanted to know the good news. If you remember, I mentioned Sue’s “adventure” on ‘Self Protection Against Distant Volcanoes”.