Sensei Problems
Uncategorized / April 23, 2018

Sitting next to you is a distinguished gentleman or gentlewoman older than you. Although their outward appearance is rather regal, they carry the burden of their days of teaching. Their gi (e.g., uniform) looks like a rat eaten corn sack, and the mangled ribbon around their waist was a black belt at one time. When they walk the left knee goes pop! boing! snap! And they will give a grin with a tooth missing. Their feet resemble two rawhide chew toys, and their hands…well, their violin playing days are over. Welcome to the Black Belt Club! If you go to your distinguished sensei’s house, you are likely to find; a hole in the garage wall, a tree stump, a bent steel post that sensei at one time tied the dog to, and a barbecue pit with a wall missing. Oh yeah! A missing dog! You too will go through the time honored routine of trying to find a place to put your makiwara, ignoring what your sensei said to you about installation. So, Where do I put my makiwara? Okay, for those readers not familiar with a makiwara…it’s a board firmly padded (as in hard) covered with canvas that has…