Copenhagen really is bitterly cold. After dumping our luggage in the Danish teams van to be delivered to the school we would be staying in, Wakarishin, Kokoro kai and Park Lodge descended on the centre of the city. A bemused employee at the ticket kiosk continuously dished out return tickets to Rungsted and beyond, and I couldn’t help thinking Denmark would benefit from an Oyster Card system.
Only a few weeks after the Wakarishin and Ko-Korokai International Championships in Southend, the junior members of Wakarishin packed their competition bags again and headed for the 1st UK Junior Ju Jitsu Championships hosted by Sensei Brian Mallon and the rest of our friends at Stanford Warriors.
The 6th April saw the Wakarishin Squad to the Annual British Ju Jitsu Association GB National Championships held in Walsall, Birmingham. With 20 British Championship titles to defend from 2012, the Squad including many new members had been training hard in preparation for the big day and after a nervous breakfast arrived at the tournament with fire in their bellies and medals in their eyes.
After completing a weeks training in Malta, I certainly have learnt a lot. The pictures show the makeshift Dojo the Sensei has constructed in order for his students to have somewhere to train. It’s situated in an old theatre and there are still props and bits of scenery littering the room. On a Sunday morning Father Vincent, the cheif Sensei says mass in the lower level of the Dojo because the Maltese students, with Malta being inherently catholic would not be allowed to train if it mean missing Sunday service. I was impressed at the enthusiasm of all the students especially training in dusty conditions with little ventilation. Great to see that the love of the art has encouraged them to continue training, and makes us realise how lucky we are to have lovely dojos to train in!