Seiko vs Kiibo
Literal meaning: place (場 jō) of the Way (道 dō).
Japanese Kanji for dojo. Both o’s are long ones -> dōjō.
Buddhist term. Dōjōs used to be adjuncted to temples and dedicated to the -dō arts – dō is the Chinese Dao, that means “path, way”. Zazen meditation, for one, was practiced in places sometimes named dōjō.
Random fact: the Kanji used for dō initially represented a severed head, grabbed by the hair and exposed to the passers-by by the winner of a fight (cutting off heads with one’s sword was commonplace and it was considered shameful for one’s family, to have their severed head shown off separated from their body. A dishonor.).
took my test Friday and while I passed, I was a little discouraged when I couldn’t break the board. every test so far I’ve gotten it on the first try with the kick or punch i selected. however this test, i did not get to select my technique. the master of the school gave me one option only, spin back kick, which is (knowingly) my worst kick.
my heart DROPPED when they told me i would have to do this to break where everyone else had at least one other option. already nervous, i had all the power but the execution just wasn’t making it.
it took me i believe 6 attempts to finally break the board. after the test, they told me i was given that kick on purpose. as a means to push myself even with things i believe I’m not great at.
and while at the time I felt down about it, looking back i realize that I didn’t give up, I pushed and pushed and eventually succeeded. you’re not gonna always succeed on the first attempt. it’s never giving up that makes you stronger.
Gang Ryong vs Hebi “black dragon”
This won’t be a standard in every class but here’s some inspiration for class related memes/ incidents that come from the clubs I attended:
I love to look back at the process of a painting. It feels like a miracle to watch it take shape on the canvas. Also, karate gis are just the absolute neatest thing to paint. White or black, the heavy cloth and the folds fascinate me.