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Re: First Class

Subject: Re: First Class
by Shimajiro on 2011/7/30 2:37:40

My first exposure ever to actual training was at Chris Weakley's dojo in Columbus GA back in 1989 or '90. I was new to the area and remember looking through the window of the first 'Ninja dojo' I had ever seen. I didn't expect it to be legit, but then I saw the pictures on the wall of heroes I had only read about, Stephen Hayes, Bud Malmstrom, Jack Hoban...and of course Masaaki Hatsumi! I couldn't believe it was the real thing, practically across the street from where we were staying!

The first class was very relaxed and upbeat, and I liked Mr. Weakley right away. We started with some ukemi and then worked on some form of muso dori coming from a rear shoulder grab, and then a simple (?) sword-evasion exercise. I knew from the first beat that if I was ever going to study martial arts, this was it. It was one of those rare times when the reality exceeded my hopes and expectations. I didn't realize until then that there were instructors elsewhere in the US than Dayton OH! I often regret not having written to the Shadows of Iga when I was younger and reading the Hayes books for the first time, as it turns out there was one for a while on Cape Cod where I grew up.

Then again, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear, and all that.

I didn't live in GA for long enough to settle in as one of Chris' regular students, but have very fond memories of the times I trained with him. A couple of years later, back in Boston, I met my current and true instructor, and the rest is my own little personal history.

EDIT: Sorry, I realize now that this question was intended for Shidoshi. I am not a teacher or Shidoshi myself.
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