The strong attendance today made for an especially intense and inspiring training session. We were most honoured to have had with us 中村先生, as well as 植松先輩, 山本先輩 and 荒井先輩, who were generous with their advice as usual, highlighting to us areas for further improvement, things that we might have missed in our day-to-day routines. It turned out to be a most fruitful session, for we were not only able to learn precious lessons about our techniques, but also about deeper topics core to the art of Judo itself.
After training ended, 山本先輩 gathered us in a circle and casually got us to share in turn about what we usually took note of when we tied our belts around our waists - the message was simple but impactful - judo is not just about techniques, strength or even its namesake flexibility; it is also about the regimentation and spirit that lies beneath, things for which there may not be one correct answer, but for which each and every one of us is bound to arrive at our own interpretation of. He urged us to share and communicate more with one another, and indeed, this is an uncomplicated but decidedly useful lesson going forward.
A club, after all, ought to be much greater than the sum of its parts, not forgetting of course, that it is only as weak as its weakest link - we will strive harder together for sure, and grow stronger as a whole as we move toward the upcoming milestone that is the 三商大戦.
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