忍耐 + 掌握人生
Ahoy! Ready To Set Sail
Today is a big day for me. First, the Australian Physiotherapy Association could finally tell me the exact course date for the Physiotherapy Assistant Certification course, which means I could start planning for my work leave to attend this course and to do Kendo training in Japan. Then, I was accepted to do observational experience placement at the Northern Sports Physio - my dream Sports Physio Clinic in North Sydney, starting this Saturday. Following that was my manager's approval to grant me a 5-week leave between Oct 4 - Nov 4. Woohoo!!! Luck and good fortune seemed to be coming my way.
In the absence request I sent to my manager, I mentioned about my Kendo training at Nippon Sports Science University - one of the best Japanese Kendo universities - and that this training opportunity is extremely rare. Of course, I did not mention about the Physio certification course.
I was really sceptical of my manager approving my leave request as 3-week leave is generally considered extremely long in the Bank's project, let alone 5 weeks.
After some nervous waiting for my manager's reply, this is what he wrote back to me:
"I will approve this, but you realise that you won't be able to take any more leave until probably April 06?"
I was really excited when I read his reply, but at the same time I was a bit frustrated because it might mean that I won't be able to participate in the Hong Kong Asian Kendo Tournament in Feb '06. I had such a wonderful experience in this year's tournament and have been planning to go back again for next year's tournament. Of course, training with Nittaidai is like a once-in-a-life-time experience, so I quickly and happily accepted my manger's terms and conditions. I will deal with the Hong Kong issue later on.
Woohoo! The realisation of my dream to train in Japan and to become a sports physiotherapist is getting closer and closer...
Training in the Past Week
Training has been going well in the past week. There were 5 visiting Japanese university students in Willoughby last Saturday and I was lucky enough to play most of them. After I played the first Japanese student, I somehow got into the motodachi side as people kept lining up to play me. Then two more Japanese visitors queued in my line, and so I was fortunate enough to play most of the visitors. It was physically demanding to play all the people who lined up for me and played my best, but I felt absolutely great after that. I wish there were more Kendo sessions in the weekend.
Mike is back
I went to Pyrmont training tonight. During the jigeiko with Onodera sensei and Payne sensei, I somehow picked up the feel to execute a good harai-men and suriage-men, especially suriage. It suddenly turned so much more effective. Now I just need to remember that shinai-sliding feeling and be able to do it again in the future.
Without taking off my do and tare, I drove straight to UNSW after Pyrmont training. Michael Henstock is back from his 3-month Nittaidai training, and I was really keen to see how much he has improved. We played a sanpon shobu, and Mike won that one in 2-1. All the points were men-ari.
I then played Sano sensei, Erik, Sussan and Yoshiki until it was 9:30pm. My match with sensei was rather short, because Sano sensei told me "I was falling apart". I was really concerned when he said that. Did I really play that badly? Luckily, it was my do himo falling apart. Not my kendo. So I played an ippon-shobu with Sano sensei and it ended rather quickly with Sano sensei scoring a men on me.
Just when I was going to take off my bogu, Mike wanted to do one more jigeiko. So I fought Mike for the second time tonight. This time it was ippon shobu. I got a men-ari on Mike after 10 seconds, which really surprised me. Well, both of us were really keen to go on for more, so I suggested another ippon-shobu. We both tried hard breaking each other's chusen, and that was really fun. It took quite a while before the deciding point was scored. This time, Mike scored a men on me. (tehehe, as you'd have guessed.)
Btw, during the last jigeiko with Mike, I sprained my left thumb during taitari, and it is quite tender when I touch the joint at the bottom of the thumb (metacarpo-phalangeal joint). I think I will need to tape and ice my sprained thumb tonight.
Anyway, I have found a good information website on sports injury as a result of my thumb sprain research -> www.sportsinjuryclinic.net