Golden week is here again! It’s one of the few times of the year where Japanese people down tools and take a collective sigh of relief as they clock out of work for five days or so. Miyamoto sensei decided that even though the academy would be closed for regular classes that he would open the mat up for free-sparring.
23 guys turned up to spar – much more than a regular class on any given week day. I was pleasantly surprised because when I turned up at 11:50 there were only four guys warming up! The usual plan during Golden Week, as explained to me is that people working in Tokyo make a point to get back to their home towns to visit friends and family and to take the chance to wind down – not these guys though, training taking priority!