This week we will train as usual even though we’ll probably experience rocket fire again. The Jerusalem dojo will be moving back to Tedi stadium dojo till the end of this small war. We have top-grade bomb shelter on the Tedi center ground floor. We also opened up the bomb shelter in Ramat Hasharon dojo and it will allow us a quick response just in case.
To the point. We are continuing this week our recap of the technical requirements for the Ninjutsu grade tests. We will focus on throws and shoulder arm locks.
I still don’t know if we will be doing Niradin weapon training because of some rental issues.
Stay safe, breath deeply and don’t flinch.
See you in the dojo.
Signs that warn: “beware of pickpockets” are a favorite hangout of pickpockets. They base their felony on fear derived attention. It’s the best place to know where valuables are. People will always touch the place when they see the sign.
When one looks deeper one sees different reality.
The Jerusalem session today at the Wohl Rose Park is cancelled and we will return and train at the regular Tedi dojo from Sunday till the end of this small war – we’ll train at the summer hours 18:00-20:00. This precaution is due to the rocket attacks on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The Wohl Rose Park is the greatest place to train at, but it lacks a bomb shelter at a running distance, I checked… So today’s session is off and we start this Sunday at the Tedi dojo, 10 seconds walk from top-grade bomb shelter.
Training will go on.
Please be safe, AKBAN veterans! Keep training!
Tademasa, a senior retainer of Hōjō Takatoki (北条 高時) the regent, had the Buddhist name Anzan (quite mountain). He was a keen Zen follower and for twenty-three years came and went to the meditation hall for layman at Kenchō-ji (建長寺). When the fighting broke out everywhere at 1331, he was wounded in one engagement, but in spite of the pain galloped to Kenchō-ji to see Sozan, the 27th teacher there. A tea ceremony was going on at Kenchō-ji, and the teacher seeing the man in armor come in, quickly put a teacup in front of him and said, ‘How is this?’
The warrior at once crushed it under his foot and said, ‘Heaven and earth broken up altogether’.
The teacher said, When heaven earth are broken up, how is it with you?’
Anzan stood with his hands crossed over his breast. The teacher hit him, and he involuntarily cried out from the pain of his wounds.
The teacher said, ‘Heaven and earth not quite broken up yet.’
The drum sounded from the camp across the mountain, and Tademasa galloped quickly back. The next evening he came again, covered with blood, to sees the teacher. The teacher came out and said again,
‘When heaven and earth are broken up, how is it with you?’
Anzan, supporting himself on his blood stained sword, gave a great Katzu! (special Zen Kiai) and died standing in front of the teacher.
kōan: When heaven and earth are broken up, how is it with you?
From The Warrior Koans: Early Zen in Japan, Translated and edited by Trevor Leggett