Additional grading results for August 2017

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Congratulations to our two new brown belts, George S and Chris C who were unable to attend the grading in July and instead were awarded their belts yesterday (Tuesday August 15th 2017).

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Omiyage

Omiyage
Omiyage

I thought I would write a little note to explain the Japanese custom of gift giving to the students, particularly how it affects relationship building.

Omiyage is a souvenir gift from a trip and it is customary to give these gifts in Japanese popular culture, gift giving is a very common part of Japanese culture.

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Fudoshin

Fudoshin

The blog image for this post is the Japanese kanji for 'Fudoshin' and this example was written by Yasumoto Soke.

It means imperturbability, steadfastness. The usual translation is keeping a cool head in an emergency, or keeping calm (e.g. during a fight).

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