Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chirp....Chirp.....Chirp...

Friday night was not busy at Shodokan but the phones were.  I show up and no other students are there.  One is away.... another called his back out, someone else called to say they couldn't come.

So I hang around anyway for a bit to see if anyone shows.  Then Bob comes ready to teach.  It was just me at that point so I told him I didn't mind if he wanted to bail.... even if someone does actually show.  He walked in looking pretty stiff and wrung out.  Although in retrospect, maybe I should have encouraged him to hit the mat.  Might have loosened him up to move around some.

So Bob is leaving.....   In walks Christine.  She said Dave is still in the car.  I thought.... great.... lets get on the mat and do something.  Christine goes downstairs, Dave comes up.  He tells me that they aren't going to stay because there isn't a "class" being taught.  REALLY?!  Both of them are Shodan, same as me and although I've probably been more consistent over the years, they've been practicing longer than me.  You're telling me we couldn't have come up with something to noodle around with??

So, either they think they can't learn unless someone is teaching them, or maybe they just saw an opportunity for a free night and took it.  I've always attempted to pay attention while I practice.  I'm very mindful.  Sometimes, I learn from looking at what I and my partner are doing regardless of what teacher is in the room.  Sometimes I may learn that I suck at something.  Whatever..... but at least I am learning.  An open mat session is a real opportunity to practice things that you want.

Why would you walk out on that?

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