As you are reading this I am an a plane going to Japan (well, really I am on a plane to get to a plane to go to Japan). This is the culmination of 8.5 years of practicing Iai. This will be a total of 9 days of intensive training with the head of our order.
I am both excited and terrified by this: excited because I believe this to be the entry gate into the next level of my understanding and practice of martial arts. Terrified, because I will be in the company of those that have practiced Iai far longer than I ever had. It is a lot to live up to.
I have informed my work that I will practically incommunicado during this time and am doing everything in my power to remind them I will be out of reach and out of touch. For 9 to 10 days I will be essentially unplugged from the world. Most of the books I am taking on the plane deal with swordsmanship (the exception: one Cistercian book). I will eat, drink, and live iai.
As per usual vacation protocol, my posts will be random and follow up will be late. I earnestly beg your forgiveness.
I have no idea what this will look like on the other side. I have high hopes for what will be accomplished - not just in my technique (which I am sure will improve), but in myself.
Here is to dreams that can come true.