This year, I am working 5 days per week at English Buffet, plus I have private students. I wanted to do the Kenshusei Course again, but (1) I don’t think my knees can handle another year of daily training and (2) my work schedule interferes with keiko times. So the deal I was generously offered by Payet-sensei is to train several days a week with the Kenshusei and come to ippan classes when I can.
As you know, last year there was 1 Japanese and 2 Americans–Takenaga, Izzy, and me. This year, there are 2 Japanese, 1 Frenchman, 1 Russian, and 1 American. Here they are in their pre-course meeting photo.
L-R: Richards, Kitamura, Saegusa, Laurelle, Gusev
They are quite a large bunch. Richards is as tall or taller than me, as is Kitamura. Laurelle and Gusev are pretty tall, too, and Saegusa is very fit.
I came to training on the first day of the course having spent the month of March doing nothing, trying to let my knees rest and heal. I felt pretty bad on that first day. Here is a video I recorded in my futon, a kind of video blog, I guess. I sound pretty down, but I am pretty drunk, too.