Beach Practice, a First Time Perspective

Beach Practice, a First Time Perspective


It was the forty-fifth time Sensei had done the winter beach practice and I did not know what to expect.  I have only been practicing for a little over a year and this seemed like something only Black Belts would do but I could not miss this one and show up to practice the following week.

(You’re so right about missing Beach Practice, then showing up at the dojo the next week!  Beach Practice is very much like commuting by bicycle in rainy weather:  lots of hemming and hawing.  Eventually, after the weighing of consequences (feeling guilty if you miss it), you decide to go and do it…and you find out that it feels great…all right maybe not the running on hard sand, but that’s just me.  Editor)

The sand was coarse, the pavement was cold and the water was freezing but I loved it!  I don’t think it would have been as much fun if it was sunny and warm.

(Actually, when it’s cloudy, it’s actually more bearable, on the sand, pavement, and water.  The years where it’s sunny and bright in January, it’s usually much, much colder.  That is why we all go eat – a lot – right after we change into dry, warm clothing!   Editor.)

I look forward to next year’s beach practice!

John Cruz, Hombu Dojo

Thank you, John.  



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