After returning from a successful Gasshuku in Iceland with a welcome days rest in between, it was off to Winchesterto the Army Training Camp at Worthy Down. I drove Higaonna Sensei there early so he could do some sightseeing.
Winchester is such a beautiful town with many historical buildings. First on the list was lunch, then off to the magnificent Winchestercathedral. Accompanying us was Sensei Simon Budden who helped organise the course, and as he turned out to be, a first class tour guide.
Higaonna Sensei really enjoyed the tour and commented that there is so much history here. After about an hour of walking, the sun shining and the smell of flowers all around you, it was time for a snooze!
After arriving at the Army Camp we made our way to the gymnasium where about 80 people were eager to receive instruction from the Master. Higaonna Sensei looked around as if he was analysing the participants to see what he was going to do. He began with an introduction to Junbi undo (warming up) followed by corrective training in basic uke (blocking). He utilised some two-person disciplines to further apply these basics, followed by some self-defence techniques. The course then finished with an in-depth study of the kata Gekisai Dai Ichi.
It was amazing, two and half hours had gone, and it was time for Major Brooks to thank Sensei for sharing his knowledge with us all. Then he was presented with the regiment’s beret. With a smile on his face everyone applauded him to show their appreciation.
I would like to say a special thank you to Major Brooks and his staff for taking care of us.