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Re: Demonstrations
Just Passing Through
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Greetings Danny and Everyone,

I have to say that Dale posted some excellent examples above. I too had a situation where I was thrown and it was either go with it or risk great pain, etc.. so I just let it all go and basically 'gave up'. I ended up landing back on my feet somehow.

As for the demo-ing in front of people issue I used to have this problem also. I used to have it really bad when I would go to Japan and train and then Sensei or one of the Shihan would ask me to show something. I was caught completely off guard. So the first time I went out after such a request I did probably the worst taijutsu I have ever done.. right in front of Sensei, people from all of the world, and everyone else. It was terrible. Then afterwards I actually sat down and figured out what I would do the next time, next year, etc, that I was asked to show something. Needless to say, I was only fooling myself.. what a joke.. planning out taijutsu. Over the years I started to feel easier at the Honbu and got to where it feels very familiar. I also
go to a point where I felt like I was there to enjoy the training, rather than have to look good. After that happened, things started moving along really well.

Since those days I have done 4 public demonstrations. The first one, the nerves were quite high. I didn't do things 'right' and did the best I could with the stage fright issue. After my last demonstration, which was at the Houston International Airport (they had a big Asian Festival commemorating the opening of the new International terminal, I went out looked at everyone and saw everyone in my mind as a friend, acquaintance, etc. I didn't see them as enemies or people to impress, etc.. and it worked out great. I was completely comfortable out there.

One thing I addressed in order to get to that point was the fact that I could do taijutsu just fine with my friends, my students, etc.. but when I was out of that element, things went down the tubes. So I started to try and keep the same mindset as if I was with friends, etc, and it worked wonders. After that I was actually able to do effective taijutsu with about 80% less of the stress than before. Now-a-days I just don't worry about what I look like and go from feel.

Best of luck to you and I will be seeing you all sometime during the summer.

Best Wishes,
Brian Tritico
Bellaire Dojo
Houston, Texas


Posted on: 2005/3/24 1:56
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Also In Spring Tx
Just Passing Through
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There is also a dojo in the Spring area run by Thomas & Lisa Williams and Juan Fresquez.

You can reach me directly at bellairedojohouston@yahoo.com. Feel free to ask any questions.

Best Wishes,
Brian Tritico
Bellaire Dojo
Houston Texas

Posted on: 2005/3/2 2:20
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Re: Dojo in Houston, Texas?
Just Passing Through
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Greetings,

There are dojos in the Houston area. I have one in the Galleria area, The Bellaire Dojo. Richard Cearly is in West Houston, Dave Bolin is in the Woodlands, Mark Harper is in the Jersey Village area. If you are still interested drop me a note.

Best Wishes,
Brian Tritico
Bellaire Dojo
Houston Texas

Posted on: 2005/3/1 5:35
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