We have only one week left, before we finally stand for Sanshodaisen. Today, Judo grand master Nose visited us in Yubikan. We are so grateful for him for providing us honor today. As senior Baba mentioned yesterday, it is paramount to minimalize any kind of vulnerabilities in each members of the team, without assuming that we can win after all-overconfidence. At the end of the practice, Grand master Nose delivered a lecture on the meaning of fighting for the team and standing against the opponent, so called “seiryokuzenyo: to make use of energy” and “jitakyoei: to pursue prosperity for both oneself and the other” Listening to his lecture, I come up with what I have learned through Judo; to do our best with sincerity is not only the best way to honor the opponents, but also is the best way to win the competition. After several Judo competitions of this year, I have learned that the balance between confidence and tension is the key to facing any kinds of challenges in our lives. It is easy to say but hard to practice in reality. How we can execute this principle during the preparation of the challenges ahead? I remember what former captain Takahashi told us for a piece of advice last weekend. He said that, now it is time we filled the blanks. (It means, eliminating weakness one by one.) It is exactly the same thing what senior Baba insisted yesterday.
Believing in what we have been through until today, with full examination of strategies, I hope each member of the team, including myself, will be able to exert full strength in the coming battles.