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    Como la luna en el agua

    Like the moon in the water

    This Gashuku at the end of the year began with a get-together Keiko with kohais and Senpais from Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Mexico. It was fast but intense fighting with lots of Kiai that allowed us to test the techniques we had been practicing with the people we usually fight. In my case, it was a challenge to apply the kamaes from the 3rd kyu for the first time, and try to develop an effective strategy to employ them since I wasn"t accustomed fighting with them. Within this situation, I saw myself training with Sensei with the Waki gamae. Fighting with Sensei is always a pleasure. I remember that, in several other keikos we"ve done in other gashukus, I felt that Sensei flowed as the water, an impetuous flow which is impossible to contain or a smooth stream of water that goes through the rocks, hard to catch.
    This time, in this gashuku I felt that Sensei was the reflection of the moon in the water. You see him in front of you and feel that he"s reachable, but it"s not like that. You try to move to reach him, to hit a strike, but he disappears and ...surprise! He reappears somewhere else, striking with a perfect blow. At the first time I was stunned, I didn"t realize what happened, nor how Sensei hit me, or where it was, he was still in front of me, smiling. The second and the third time also. I guess that the last time I saw Sensei "disappear" in front of me was to strike a men to my right. Within seconds, the whistle sounded and I thanked Sensei with a big smile while still trying to understand how he had "disappeared". Maybe it was me who winked? There is only one way to find out, to fight again with Sensei.
    Another gashuku, another day of intensive training, learning and unforgettable moments. Especially Suio Ryu"s training with Sensei, it"s been a long time since I laughed that much. I still have a long way to go.
    Domo arigato gozaimashita Sensei for having returned to Buenos Aires to train with us!
    Domo arigato gozaimashita Sensei! Domo arigato gozaimashita Sensei! Domo arigato gozaimashita Sensei!
    Daiana Recoleta Dojo – Buenos Aires, Argentina


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