Today marked our first hanran (literally, rebellion) for the month of October, but worry not, for not a moment was wasted: the freshmen took the opportunity to squeeze in a quick bout of spring-cleaning, breathing a much needed whisper of fresh air into our club room; newly minted member Sanni was given a hero’s welcome via the international appeal of the Nintendo 64 and Super Smash Bros; not to be outdone, our captain (Itaba) and vice-captain (Maruyama) launched into a prolonged discussion and wargaming session about the ideal strategy to take for the competitions that lie ahead.
As for Min and I, we decided that hanran or not, our hands were itching for Judo, so we got changed anyway and started raising a raucous racket in the dojo as we challenged each other to complete 500 counts of uchikomi.
Troubled by the fact that we were still in the midst of finding that technique that we could rely on and call ours, we poured every ounce of spare energy we could summon, and embarked on refining our u******* and t******** (the names of the actual techniques have been blanked out here for to preserve the elements of secrecy and surprise).
After passing the 400th mark, we were greeted by a curious visitor whom we later apprehensively approached. As it turns out, our newfound Italian friend, Andre, was in town to visit his relatives and decided to drop by the dojo. Trained in both jiu-jitsu and judo, Andre, not unlike Sanni, looks set to be a great training partner from whom we have much to learn from indeed! I don’t know about you, but I for one am most certainly looking forward to the next sparring session coming our way this week!