The strangers

One of our members made a good observation on the importance of attending seminars last night…

“I thought that I had made some progress in learning technique. I could usually handle the attacks in the dojo.
Then, at the last seminar, I had trouble handling attacks from strangers.
At that moment, I realized that I hadn’t so much mastered the techniques as gotten familiar with the students in the dojo.”

A very important distinction! Don’t assume that everyone has the same sense of timing and ma’ai as your friends in the dojo.