The end of an era.
I just learned that my sensei, an elderly judoka with health problems, handicapping his Judo practice, will soon stop its activity.
He will retire from Judo, and if we, his students, wish so, he will pass us on “the keys" of the Club. Morally speaking, of course.
This is troubling, because that club was very old, had more than fifty years of Judo and Aikido activity, had hitherto managed to maintain itself, a friendly "traditional" martial anachronism in a small world, very often restricted to its competitive aspect.
Our "uncompetitive" Judo practice is rooted in a tradition, where professors then learned with the "Kawaishi Method" as their Breviary, and blithely supplemented their Judo with "Ju-Jitsu" practice (self-defense) and Aikido concepts.
So we practice quite an “open” Judo, without many of these « sportive » limits, we learned and still use all of these movements which regularly disappear from the competitive Cursus. And some Kawaishi oddities also.
The population of the Club is mature enough, some young people that came up from the Junior class, but mostly practitioners of all ages, in their twenties, thirties, forties and more ... That is rare enough to be noted, and appreciated.
So I find myself in a new, delicate, situation.
Either I engage myself in teaching, and find a way to save my club, or it will actually disappear at the end of this season.
Either I fold my judogi, and go on the road, in search of a new "master".