San Dan--ShotoKan Karate
“My Training Experience Message to my
martial arts-family at the Gi Yu Dojo in Centerville, Ohio USA”
Words are not enough to express my gratitude to have been given the
opportunity to train with all of you at The Gi Yu Honbu Dojo. I wasn’t sure
what to expect from the training in a foreign country, in not my native
language, and in a martial arts, which is different to mine. I’m pleased that I
was welcomed very warmly from Sukh Sensei and all the others during the
I train in Karate (mainly Shotokan, also free style) in Germany and my
main focus is to improve my self-defense abilities. I am open to new ideas and skills from
others, if those ideas can help me explain and understand why that technique
makes sense. When I contacted Sukh
Sensei the first time by mail, I felt already connected with him because he
wrote me back, that the training is for learning martial arts and they are not
competion training, rather competing with one self every class. They train and learn together and from each
other. That fits my approach and philosophy more than 100%.
My first class with The Gi Yu Dojo was on a Saturday after a hard week
of business training in Cincinnati Ohio.
I was there for work from Germany.
I drove the 30 minutes North to Dayton Ohio to go train. Everything was new for me. Topic of the
training was a weapon I had never seen. Specifically, tessen jutsu and jutte as
well. Tessen is a Japanese iron fan, which I never have
used before. Great experience! Sukh Sensei described the historical background
and we exercised with it the whole training session. I really liked the partner
training. Like my own training at home, we changed the partner regularly, so
you got the chance to train with lots of people. I was more than happy, about
the patience of my training partners to repeat the shown sequences and to wait
until I finished my slow execution of the techniques.
I decided after the first class, I would like to come back to more
classes to learn more from all of them. Luckily they offered me that
opportunity and I was pleased to join 4 more classes and training sessions. I
was very impressed by the way of the students showed their cooperation between
the each other and included me in to their group, like family- warrior
brothers....”buyu”. I felt like I had been a member of the group/dojo for many
years. I liked the self-defense aspects, the tessen jutsu, the jutte jutsu and
finally the ground grappling and falling / rolling exercises. So much knowledge
and experience, I was very happy and impressed.
On another day I experienced their “way” of Martial Arts from the
beginners class and then in the black belt class. One day I felt like “ Yes,
I’m doing the execution of a punch different than you learn and practice there,
but it doesn’t matter, because there is always more than one way, if it’s effective
and meets the purpose and furthermore I can improve mine for sure even
more”. A great experience. What I also thought was remarkable, was that
every dojo student took great care of their dojo. Another day I was there, I saw they took care
for the Dojo itself and cleaned and maintained it. What a great bunch of
As said in the
beginning, I can’t express all my emotions remembering the time with you. The
training and the talks with all of you have made my time in the Ohio area a
memorable time of my life. I hope I name all my training partners and don’t miss
somebody: Sukh, Jaye, Aman, Sam, Chuck, Doug, Todd, Andreas, Matt, Grant, Laura,
Anna, Brittney and a lot more --- Domo Arigato Gozaimashita! You have all a place in my heart.
I hope we will see
each other again. It would be an honor to welcome you in my Dojo in Germany.
I’m looking forward to get the chance to come back to Centerville Ohio one day.
Have a great holiday season and a wonderful start
in the year 2014!