Reflecting on this weekend was
very easy for me because there was plenty of passion inside of me to try to
remember every moment. Throughout the weekend there seemed to be plenty of
positive energy flowing and from my experience with sports, with scouting, and
with my career, a successful program can only be accomplished with good
leadership. Thanks to Sensei Sukh Sandhu for providing leadership, and for
setting a standard of excellence that we can strive to.
My first reflection from the
weekend was my realization on how far I have to go in my training in this
martial art, despite the success of passing my rank exam and in attaining the
green belt. Passing the rank exam felt
awesome, however, I realized that my responsibilities as a martial artist in
this “old” style of jujutsu are now that much higher. My community needs me to provide an example
of greatness. The practice to achieve
the 3rd Kyu took many hours of practice and learning, which made me realize how
much sacrifice Sukh and all the members of the dojo have done before me. And for this, I am truly humbled.
The most memorable event of the
weekend was the randori (free response).
My success in athletics was due to practice, practice and more practice,
which made me realize that I need to have repetitive actions in this art form
to achieve the same level of proficiency.
The randori made me realize how important each technique is in Kobudo.
Furthermore, it made me realize that we don't know what situation we are going
to be in at any given time in life, but it's important to know how to get out
of them. The randori was unique because
it was “controlled”, which meant there was limited offensive technique (to keep
everyone safe and to see how much we can be pushed). Limited offensive taught me how to use the
escape and receiving strategies.
Furthermore, I could use this example outside the dojo because I
realized that I don't need to use my “intellectual” sword for my personal
problems. Success in life could be from
exiting situations rather than confronting them. Before the test we did “live” cutting on
bamboo. Cutting the bamboo stimulated
many thoughts in my mind during the weekend.
First of all, I realized how important it is to practice with a training
wooden sword. If you treat a “training”
weapon as it is the real tool, you are more comfortable with the ”real” tool
and respect its power. The cutting
techniques of the wooden sword were the same as the live sword. This helped my focus and I concentrated on
the “live” sword as if it was the training one, which in turn helped me
understand not to have fear of it, but respect.
I had a spiritual thought when I was done cutting
with the live sword; In Hebrews 4:12 it
states: "For the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, that the word is sharper
than any two edged sword."
Watching Sensei use his sword
made me realize the responsibility of handling such a powerful weapon. Thankfully, Sensei kept reminding us how
dangerous the weapon could be should we not handle it correctly. Sensei's awesome command with the weapon and
his attention to safety showed his respect
for the weapon.
As there are few individual’s that have
mastered the sword, I realize how few have mastered the spiritual sword of
life. I look forward to polishing my
character though Kobudo ever so more.