Just returned with Shihan Richard Norton from the ACT for a BJJ seminar on Saturday which turned out to be quite outstanding. This was followed by a Karate Grading conducted by me, putting Damien Philpott’s students to the test, and they performed quite well. We were very honoured by Richard who sat in at the grading. Dinner afterwards with Richard and some of our Budoshinkai students at a nice Turkish restaurant.
Also came along was Steve Micakovski of United Kempo. The next day we left the ACT and headed to Steve's full time school at Austral and met up with his father, Shihan Jordan Micakovski, where Richard put on a seminar for his students. Jordan’s other son, Alex, is a movie car buff, who surprised us with his new toy, ‘Herbie the love bug’ car which he recently purchased. a fictional character (an old Volkswagon vehicle), which was featured in several Disney motion pictures in the late '60's (you can look it up on Wikipedia).
One thing I have particularly noticed about BJJ is the infinite web of moves and counters. I relate this to our rules, regulations and laws in our society; if somebody finds a way to beat the system, the government comes up with a new regulation to counter. That’s what happens in BJJ. Everybody finds a way to beat a new move but there is somebody out there who is going to come up with a solution to counter it – ‘thus a new technique is born’.
Best wishes to Mr John Will and his family. His son, Ronin, is in a serious condition in hospital. Those who wish to read about his progress may do so by reading John's blogs. These are tough times for John but I believe a positive outcome.