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Andrej Mantei
24th March 2004, 09:32
This thought just struck me recently:
what is the most exotic outpost of Shorinji Kempo?

So here's the question, where is it?

Just to get u an idea, that's what Dave Noble imagined when musing on where our club might be :D


" Hhmmmm, where would Ade like to spend a week's holidays?

I picture a wooden floor, Grass thatch roof, with open sides. A white sandy beach extends for miles with azure blue sea and white surf on one side, palm trees and coconuts on the other.

Someone blows on a Conch shell. Sleepy heads lift up from the sand, someone falls out of their hammock. Three dudes ride their last breaker in toward shore, "hanging ten". One girl is brushing the sand off her beach mat and turning it inside out, it used to be an Ozaki Dogi.

The barman at the beach bar starts to tidy up the glasses and takes them to the sink, he knows they'll all be back right after training (some of the older ones might sneak away early, as usual, so he lines up the Bacardi bottle and puts some Coke on ice).

As the class all gather, some are chatting about the waves, some are still waking up, some are still trying to get the sand from out of their dreadlocks.

"Like, hey dudes, let's start, OK?"

"Sure Man, let's go for it"

"Woah, hey wait a minute... I can't find my pants."

"No worries, just use your wet-suit Dude"

"Like, hey, let's do some Taiso, 'K?"

Someone slips a James Brown CD in the Boogie Box and the gang start to shake their thangs and thongs to "Get up". The girl in the Dogi is still trying to fit the safety pin that holds the jacket closed (she had an Obi, but it now holds one end of the hammock to the coconut tree). The locals are observing the ritual. They are bemused.

Just then, a Jeepney arrives, covered in tassles, mirrors and a thousand bells. This one carries a rather pale visitor carrying a Do, some mitts, a Manji scroll and a pressed white dogi (his midnight blue 100% wool Hoi is back at the hotel)."

ok, we're in Berlin :) Not exotic, but rare :D

PS: Dear Dave, I hope you don't claim any copyright fees, since I like this one so much I intend to spread it further :cool:

Tripitaka of AA
24th March 2004, 10:38
Feel free. I'm using a Windows Wallpaper that has a view very similar to the one described. It came with the setup files and is titled "Paradise" (if you want to see it, you may already have it).

I was just looking a the WSKO list of federations, etc. Lots of Indonesia, Malaysia... even something in Nepal...

Although there are many people in the world who think that California is the "Promised Land" I see that Israel is now listed too..

Ade
24th March 2004, 15:28
On honeymoon, backpacking around the Greek Islands, with my beautiful wife, in 1994 I taught 3 lessons on the beach at Aegis Giordis outside the bar of the pink paradise hotel!

cost of training was 2 beers per session, and I know that I could've made enough to live there all summer, the interest was massive!

Beat that for neck!

Andrej Mantei
24th March 2004, 15:39
I've been looking how many Shorinji branches there are in Ukraine & Russia. There are 4 in Ukraine (3 in Odessa) and only 1 in the whole of Russia!!!!!!!

Shame on you russians!!! Shame!!!

Random
24th March 2004, 22:45
15 miles from Gulf Shores and the Gulf of Mexico.
Not exotic for me but the Redneck Riviera has it's charms.

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 01:00
Originally posted by Random
15 miles from Gulf Shores and the Gulf of Mexico.
Not exotic for me but the Redneck Riviera has it's charms.
UUgghh! Kurt Sensei, you just switched me into Grammar Nazi mode!
"It's" is a contraction of "it is"; the possessive form is "its", without an apostrophe. Put another way, "The Redneck Riviera has it is charms" makes no sense.
We now return you to our regular programming...

Tripitaka of AA
25th March 2004, 07:12
Sorry Granma Nazi, but Kurt is not a Sensei (of Shorinji Kempo) but despite his occasional spolling mistek he does earn a living as a teacher. Don't you Kurt?

Indar
25th March 2004, 07:29
Originally posted by Kimpatsu
the possessive form is "its", without an apostrophe.

Actually you are incorrect.
The possessive form is " its' "; the apostrophe follows.

(more of a nazi than TK?????????)

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 07:45
Originally posted by Indar
Actually you are incorrect.
The possessive form is " its' "; the apostrophe follows.

(more of a nazi than TK?????????)
There you are completely incorrect, Indar. The possessive form does not take an apostrophe anywhere. Viz:

Its and It's - This is perhaps the most confusing aspect of apostrophe usage, but it's really quite easy to determine whether or not an apostrophe belongs:

"It's" is a contraction; it's the shortened form of "it is."
"Its" is a possessive pronoun. We use "its" to indicate possession by something nonhuman, or which has no defined male or female gender.

For example:

The dog wagged its tail. --The tail belongs to the dog.
Once the can was bent, its lid wouldn't fit properly. --The lid belongs to the can.
The baby wants its bottle. -- The bottle belongs to the baby.
It's a beautiful day. -- It is a beautiful day.

MikeCarew
25th March 2004, 13:13
its not -- Gooey stuff from your nose

Mike Carew

luar
25th March 2004, 13:36
Well if I had to create my own exoctic dojo then this would be my first choice. (http://www.scantours.com/ice_hotel.htm)

My second would be in the Al-Hambra in Granada, Spain, near any of the fountains or reflecting pools.

My third would be in out in a desert on a clear night with lots of stars.

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 13:54
Originally posted by MikeCarew
its not -- Gooey stuff from your nose
Mike Carew
Its not funny: Jokes from Mike Carew with the consistency of boogers. :D

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 13:59
Originally posted by luar
Well if I had to create my own exoctic dojo then this would be my first choice. (http://www.scantours.com/ice_hotel.htm)
My second would be in the Al-Hambra in Granada, Spain, near any of the fountains or reflecting pools.
My third would be in out in a desert on a clear night with lots of stars.
Aren't you a romantic, Raul?
BTW, is the Swedish ice palace the same place as featured in the James Bond movie, "Die Another Day"?

Tripitaka of AA
25th March 2004, 14:16
Have a look here (http://imdb.com/title/tt0246460/locations) Tony.

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 14:20
Ah, so it was Finland, with Iceland used for the car-chase and fight on ice.
Thank you, David. Truly Noble. ;)

Tripitaka of AA
25th March 2004, 14:43
So if my idea of Paradise is a beach in the South Pacific, does that mean that there are Indonesian Kenshi drooling at the Ice Palace Dojo? Dreaming of a trip to visit the Scandinavian Dojo of Sweden and Finland in Winter...

Gary Dolce
25th March 2004, 15:28
My second would be in the Al-Hambra in Granada, Spain, near any of the fountains or reflecting pools.

At the 1993 International Taikai in Osaka, I met several members of the Alhambra Branch in Granada, Spain. They told me they don't actually practice in the Alhambra, but near it. I told them they definitely had the most romantic Branch name I have heard of. No offense to my friends in Washington DC, but it sure beats World Bank Branch.

As far as other vacation destinations go, at one time there were Branches in both Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii, but both seem to have closed. I would certainly consider opening a Branch in Hawaii or on any number of other tropical islands if only I could figure out how I would make a living. I'm sure I would have no shortage of visiting Kenshi. :D

Ade
25th March 2004, 16:22
Originally posted by Gary Dolce
...As far as other vacation destinations go, at one time there were Branches in both Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii, but both seem to have closed. I would certainly consider opening a Branch in Hawaii or on any number of other tropical islands if only I could figure out how I would make a living. I'm sure I would have no shortage of visiting Kenshi... :D

You'd have to beat them back with a sh!tty stick.

As the saying goes "...location, location, location....that's the secret!"

Ade

PS Mauritius would be my choice.

Gary Dolce
25th March 2004, 17:54
As the saying goes "...location, location, location....that's the secret!"

On the other hand, I can certainly imagine having some motivational problems teaching Shorinji Kempo in paradise. A couple of more hours on the beach vs. going to practice? This wouldn't be a problem for me of course, but I would worry about my students. ;)

No, I think it is far better to teach in a place where the weather is always gray and rainy and there really isn't anything else to do. :D

luar
25th March 2004, 19:29
Originally posted by Kimpatsu
Aren't you a romantic, Raul?

Now you know why I study Shorinji
:rolleyes:

Ade
25th March 2004, 22:25
Originally posted by Gary Dolce
On the other hand, I can certainly imagine having some motivational problems teaching Shorinji Kempo in paradise. A couple of more hours on the beach vs. going to practice? This wouldn't be a problem for me of course, but I would worry about my students. ;)
No, I think it is far better to teach in a place where the weather is always gray and rainy and there really isn't anything else to do. :D

Dear Gary

I'm serious, I could have easily made enough money to stay in Corfu for the summer teaching Shorinji Kempo on the beach.
I actually had one guy come up to me in the bar at night asking "are you teaching tomorrow? how much does it cost? I'm only here for two weeks but I'm bored already!"
If we'd been there one more day I'd have been looking for a dojo premises, (my wife made me leave, just because we were on honeymoon and she didn't want to do Shorinji Kempo ...me me me!)

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 22:30
Originally posted by Gary Dolce
As far as other vacation destinations go, at one time there were Branches in both Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii, but both seem to have closed. I would certainly consider opening a Branch in Hawaii or on any number of other tropical islands if only I could figure out how I would make a living. I'm sure I would have no shortage of visiting Kenshi. :D
Gassho.
Actually, Sensei, I've been thinking about moving to Honolulu myself...

Kimpatsu
25th March 2004, 22:32
Originally posted by Gary Dolce
No, I think it is far better to teach in a place where the weather is always gray and rainy and there really isn't anything else to do. :D
I didn't know you were in London, sensei... ;)

Steve Williams
26th March 2004, 14:29
Originally posted by Kimpatsu
I didn't know you were in London, sensei... ;)

Probably Seattle....... ;) :D

Kimpatsu
26th March 2004, 14:32
Originally posted by Steve Williams
Probably Seattle....... ;) :D
Nah, he stomach ain't Seattle'd yet...; probably jet lag... :D