You know, being in a dojo is like having a family. To put it bluntly there’s a group of guys whose sweaty body space I’m always in, who I am in regular physical contact with and who I see three to five times a week.

At the moment there’s obviously my grading on Saturday but everyone else in the dojo is grading later in the month and gradings mean that everyone is training more. It means that we’re not only training in our home dojo but also at Sensei’s instructor’s dojo, which is an hour and a half a way. So we’re spending a huge amount of time together and I reflect that this period of living pretty much in each other’s pockets will continue until early November when they finally have their gradings.



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