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posted Dec 3, 2012, 8:56 PM by Ernest Estrada   [ updated Dec 5, 2012, 12:43 PM ]
While on Okinawa, I manage to visit a number of dojos - not only shorinryu but gojuryu and uechiryu. One of my favorite dojos was the Yagi Gojuryu Meibukan hombu dojo located in Kume, Okinawa. I manage to asked some questions concerning why there were no mirrors in the dojo training area. The Kan-cho replied that in their dojo, the teacher is the mirror. Hence, there is no need for a mirror. He went on by further stating that a mirror is only used in the change room where a student can change his face from happy to serious. When one comes to the dojo one must become serious instead of playful. After training, the student goes back to the change room and tranform himself/herself from serious back to happy!