About one fourth of the members in the Mugairyu European Federation participated. It had been a while since I had taught a seminar in Europe, and seeing as how I am now over 70 years old, this seminar was my last. I toured the dojos in South America last year, which means I will make one last trip to both the Uinted States and Russia. From now on, I plan to leave these international seminars to the instructors in their 50s and 60s.
Seiza is difficult for Europeans, so I decided to teach the standing versions of Mugairyu’s seated kumitachi forms to see how they would react. Their basic instinct to kill the enemy as quickly as possible came to the surface. This is “bujutsu” rather than “budo”. Interesting!