Kelly, on 15 October 2011 - 08:08 PM, said:
Any results? We couldn't be there this year.
My first post in a long time! I've had a lot of work! Takusan shigoto ga arimasu, ne.
I thought the level of kata being displayed was very good this year. I enjoyed watching the various kata very much -- everyone did very well!
I don't remember any of the results except my and my partner's: we received 1st place for JNK Men's division, and 1st for Katame No Kata adult-novice. For JNK Men's, there were 4 pairs. For KNK adult-novice, we were the only pair. This is our second tournament (we attended last year too, and received 1st in JNK men's) and we are very happy by the result. We have practiced JNK so far for approximately 200 hours. We have a long way to go still, but one of the judges came up to me afterwards and said we show promise :-)
After the competition, Fukuda-sensei answered some questions, including (condensed questions and answers):
--What is your tokui waza? --> Uki waza
--What's next? --> do not stop with mastery of a Judo waza... you must then apply it to your life
--How old were you when you started Judo? --> 22 years old
--What is your favorite kata? --> Ju No Kata
--Who do you look up to? --> Kano-sensei
--How do you feel as a 10 dan? --> Full of joy
Shepherd-sensei also relayed a story about Fukuda-sensei's visit to the Kodokan and a casual conversation she had with Daigo-sensei. She asked him how old he is, and he said 85 (or something, I forget the exact number), and she replied, "So young?" Everyone laughed.
It was a nice competition. Soko Joshi did a great job. The venue is small so spectator seating is very crowded. They had a food stand open the whole time though, so many people sat in the hall outside, eating snacks and chatting with each other -- this left the dojo quieter and less crowded. I think the improvements mentioned by Taigyo are good ones (even though I have no experience in this area).
Oh, I also had the pleasure of meeting Taigyo and his partner! Super nice guys!