Toinen päivä hombussa alkoi assemblyllä Renseissä 8:30, jonka jälkeen jatkoimme 3rd Dan and above-ryhmän kanssa embu- ja vyökokeiden arvioimisen harjoittelua. / The Second International Study session day in Hombu started at 8:30. Upstairs crowd continued with judging embus/belt examination training.
Tämän italialaisen Branch Masterin en ole ikinä nähnyt murjottavan. / This particular Italian Branch Master never stops smiling.
Muitakin vanhoja tuttuja löytyi kuten ukrainalainen, joka toimi tulkkina v. 2001 leirillä Jyväskylässä. / More old friends, like this Ukrainian who was an interpreter in the Autumn 2001 Gasshuku in Jyväskylä. Unfortunatly he has a brother that looks exactly like him, so one can never know which one of them this one is...
During lunch, there was a few moments time to look at the mountains of Tadotsu.
/ With Kari sensei we discovered some places I had not previously visited. Hombu is like a labyrith, every time you discover some new corridors or parts you've never seen before.
We were given about an hour to train a paired embu with three parts. Unfortunately during this excersise I kicked my poor partner T slightly too hard and he got a broken rib thanks to it... I am sorry!
/Some pairs were asked to perform their taikai embus. First pair was very familiar: Anders and Åke senseis from Sweden.
Good embu is like ball room dancing?
And now my dear, it's time to fall on the ground!
Mutta muista ettet lyö liian kovaa, sillä Payback is a bitch! / Remember not to throw me too hard because payback is a bitch!/ The audience was judging: How many points to this pair...
Manfred sensei is being a good student.
/ Everyone marked their score sheets on how much they gave to each category (0-100 total). Then we looked if we were far off the hombu judges.
Basic line is 70. If you did better, then 80-90. One hundred is perfect. One should not try to look for mistakes but rather look for what is better than average. If there is mistakes, one mistake can only be subtracted in one category. The judges should have a similar base line within 10 points, which is why after the first pair, they gather together (four judges and the head judge) and talk about their line a little, so it would be +/- 5 from each other. The Audience (us) was firstly quite rough for the pairs, but soon we were getting better at judging fairly... We were told to be a little less hard judges.
/ In the evening, we gathered to Rensei hall for some announcements and of course for some Samu after. Finland did our Samu in the tomb of So Doshin, which we took as a sign of good will and respect. (compare to the poor kenshis of Brittain who were cleaning the male toilets all week long).
/ On Tuesday night we got guests as it was time for the garden party.
Puutarhajuhlaa vietettiin hombun etupihan nurmikolla. / The party was laid out in the perfect lawns of Hombu.International mingling.
Everyone was supposed to bring their own 'thumbler' (a mug) to which one could get soft drinks into or for about 2h, buy some beer or red wine.
/ Thanks to our German 'family members', we didn't have to be worried about the 'refreshments'.
/ When the sun set in Hombu, we had some buffet food. However, if you were not quick, you would be left with nothing but half eaten noodles...
Pienen metsän temppeli iltaruskossa. / Small forest's temple in dusk.Aurinko laskee, kuvat huononevat. / Runnin out of light to take more pictures.
Illemmalla pienellä esiintymislavalla oli pientä ohjelmaa. Suomi pärjäsi yllättävän hyvin näissä kisailuissa, mutta siitä toisessa postauksessa. / In the evening, there was some program arranged, which Finland did surprisingly well. However, I have another blog post coming about that topic./ When the night gets dark, it's time to talk to the Russians!
/ The garden party started at seven and ended at nine fifteen, exactly on the schedule. A real Japanese party:) Regardless, Wednesday was an excellent day.
Ensimmäisestä International Study Sessionin 2013 päivästä voit lukea täältä, jos meni ohi ekalla kerralla.
On the first day of this International Study Session day you can read here, if you missed it.