The Viriginia crew
has come to town for next week's taikai, so we all went out to dinner with Gosoke and the rest of them. The Big S
was in fine form and after several grapefruit sours he stood up and declared, in his best English:
"You know Asakusa? I am shitamachi
boy, I am slum boy."
I explained that shitamachi
in English is more colloquially "the hood", so he explained "I am Asakusa is my hood."
He then proceeded to explain that even with a broken toe he can persevere:
"I am konjo
, you know?"
Acutally no, no one knows that konjo means "to overcome hardship." But you are now known as Konjo-san. I then explained that he broke his toe by goofing off and playing karate fighter with another of our 59-going-on-12-years-old members. Good to be young at heart, even if old of toe.
Finally, when he saw an awesome display of the brute power of our American brethren (that grapefruit half never knew what hit it) he announced:
"Budo is...technology, not power."
Uh, "technique", big guy. Technique, not technology.
However it was too late; a new t-shirt idea was born.
BUDO IS TECHNOLOGY, not power.
- by Mr. Konjo-san