25 Dec

Training in London

Published by ballesterosdm


karate, sports

This month (December 2013) I have started training karate in the Budokai, the dojo where Ohta Sensei is giving lessons.

Although I've been training only for a few weeks, the feelings are really good so far. I like how the lessons are scheduled, how the training is conducted and I am feeling really comfortable (maybe because I missed training so much). One of the main reasons why I feel really comfortable when I am training in the dojo is that I can feel the strange "IKEA effect", wherever you were (Gijón, London...) IKEA is always IKEA. Anyway, I have to admit that I miss my sensei (Ricardo) and my training mates a lot.

In the Budokai all the students are registered under the JKA. Since I've never got a degree in the JKA, I am wearing again the white belt and I have to admit that I like it. I remember Ricardo telling us that every time we are training we should do it as if we were still wearing the white belt, I am actually doing it now and I really like it, it's good to start again "from the scratch" and remind the most basic things.

I'll keep on reporting....

01 Aug

Looking for a Dojo in London

Published by ballesterosdm


london, karate, sports

Although I want to wait until September before training Karate again, I have already started to look for a Dojo located close to my house but, I still haven't found one that makes me feel comfortable.

I am sure that will be quite difficult (maybe impossible) to find a sensei like Ricardo, his way of living and understanding karate was what makes me keep training all these years. Anyway, I really hope to find here a Dojo that makes me feel at home ;)

One thing that I realized since I have started with "my pursuit" is that, while in Spain is pretty complicated to find a JKA Dojo, here the offer is huge, and is really easy to find a couple of them in each neighborhood. That is great, but on the other hand, I have also realized that most Dojos here are focused on competition and that is the reason why I haven't chose one yet... I don't like competitions at all and I would like to keep training with the idea of personal improvement =)

Otherwise, a colleague has suggested that I could train Aikido in the Dojo where he trains. I have done Aikido several times and I don't dislike it, but I think that for the moment I will be loyal to Karate.

I will keep on reporting...