Thankfully, my nerves came back to me and I was able to remember the remainder of the sequence. We were into the final few preparatory exercises when a familiar, jolly voice echoed into the dojo. It turned out that Nakamura 先生 had swung by to personally deliver us complimentary copies of his soon to be released book, 『寝業の傳統』(loosely translated, The Tradition of Newaza), which is scheduled to be sold on Amazon from July onwards. Given Nakamura 先生‘s expertise on the subject matter, we are 101% confident that the book will not disappoint, so do look it up some time after its release if you are a fan of newaza!
The Tradition of Newaza and its rightly intimidating red cover – a must have for the newaza fan
If you know the idiom that goes, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison,” its modern counterpart would probably sound something like this: the gloomy rain today, while psychologically draining for the average Hitotsubashi student, was nothing short of the finest and most morale-boosting weather a judoka could hope for. Spurred by the cool weather, we pulled out all the stops for practice today.
Aoki-kun going in for the kill, deftly aiming for his opponent’s unguarded corners
Not to be outdone, Baba-kun takes on Aikawa-kun in a fight to the death (just kidding.)
Personally, the highlight (and, simultaneously, the most regrettable moment) of today’s session came when I successfully launched into a tomoe-jyuji (inspired by Kakimoto 先輩’s rousing speech last Saturday) and managed to bring my opponent to the ground and get a clean grip on his arm. All that was left was to lean back slowly, but alas, it was not to be! (I made the classic rookie mistake of rushing the move and my opponent gleefully sprang free; I guess that’s a sign that I should definitely get my hands on a copy of Nakamura 先生’s book!) Summer is the best time for hard training, and train hard we shall!