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2011/10/31

10月最後の報告はチーハオ初段から。謙虚さの中に情熱がほとばしっております。

We kicked off the second day of our final training camp as usual at 0700, a time at which most, if not all, of our peers at Hitotsubashi University were probably still deep in slumber, tucked drowsily into bed in anticipation of yet another draining day at school. It was different for us, however, for we had a mission - having had to drag ourselves out of bed at this early hour, the weariness on our faces was poignant and unmistakable, but all that vanished without a trace as we changed into our judo gear. Eyes, dulled just a moment ago by tiredness and inertia, shone now with razor-sharp focus as we practiced our floor techniques. With just slightly over three weeks to go before the landmark event that is the annual 三商大戦, none of us needed any reminders that time was an increasingly scarce commodity. Indeed, every square inch of tatami was charged with an infectious energy as we pushed ahead in making full use of what little time we had for practice before first period!

Began: the invigorating earnestness with which we badgered our seniors for pointers in between sparring bouts during which we tested our techniques was met only by the reciprocal generosity on their part in dispensing much appreciated, honest feedback.

There is a saying in the army that goes, "Good training is tough training", something that our instructors never ceased to instill in us during out 9-month stint at Officer Cadet School. The rationale is simple: if you care for your soldiers, you push them to their limits and train them well, not entertain their fantasies or spoil them with undeserved praise, for your job is not to make them like you, but to make sure they are tough enough to stay alive in the direst of times. In a similar vein, I am sure I speak for all of us when I say that we really appreciate the strong and uncompromising stance that our coach and seniors adopt with regard to practice. Our bodies may creak, that slumbering laziness innate to all of us might scowl and grumble inwardly, but at the end of the day, looking back on ourselves half a year ago, it is no exaggeration that we definitely would not have made it this far on our own. And push on forward we shall!

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