I took me a while to recover from the Zurich seminar due to some digestional problems, but eventually I got things in order again. I wasn't sure wether it would be wise for me to go on another seminar trip so soon, but I went and I'm glad I did so.
If it was sunny in Zurich, the weather was not any worse in Ljubljana. It was good to take a pair of shorts with me.
Because of my studies I had to narrow down my participation for this seminar only for the weekend. The seminar had begun already on Thursday night, but I found my way to Slovenia as late as on Friday. I got some nice package of nanbudo nevertheless, and for my great surprise getting stiff for training or having so darn tender skin on my feet didn't pose any problems. So there was no need to wipe my blood off the tatami like last time in Ljubljana.
Because I attended the Zurich seminar just two weeks before, there were no big surprises regarding the training programme. We did a lot of basics, like proper kamae. It might sound like a boring thing to train such basics after six years of nanbudo, but it was not. Quite on the contrary, the more simple the training gets the more I enjoy having some small detail on the very basis of my technique fixed. I think I inherited this mentality from my dear sensei, Jukka.
The seminar was the second Nanbu Budo University seminar, but it had barely any differences to a "normal" nanbudo seminar, and that's what I expected. Nanbu spent some time explaining theory and principles, especially on Sunday morning training. Those who were present got their share of esoteric nanbudo philosophy. I wonder wether it was that theory, my situation in life, other experiences during my trip, or something else, but on my way home I found myself thinking deepish and after a while I had to take out a pen and write down some of these ideas and feelings. This is something that hasn't happened too often lately.
The seminar was well organised and basically I was surrounded by friends. That's all there is to say about that. The most interesting thing was the connection I got with the Swedish nanbudo group. There is a new nanbudo club in Stockholm. Slovenian Gregor had been there teaching a couple of times and this time the originator came to Slovenia with three junior age students of his. Maybe I shall find my way to Stockholm to train nanbudo sometime in the future - or find myself on the road with these people, perhaps on a trip to some Norwegian seminar?
Kalle Lönnroth, 2 dan