Here’s another good post from The Budo Bum. My teacher and my other seniors in Hakkoryu always felt that it was imperative that we should eventually go to Japan for training. He felt that we were studying a Japanese art and so we should go visit the Hombu dojo and see Japan. I agree, and would extend the similar sentiments to making an effort to attend and travel to events closer to home in other cities and states.
Something happens when we step out of our comfort zone and make the necessary sacrifices to attend special events. We get exposure to the larger world of Hakkoryu and at the same time we are able to immerse ourselves (if only briefly) in something that usually gets a only couple of hours from us a week.
These kinds of trips are rarely easy and often require sacrifices at home and the office. Some of them can also be quite expensive when one adds up all of the costs associated with travel, however in my experience they are usually very much worth it. And as The Budo Bum writes in his blog, we shouldn’t assume that these kind of opportunities will be available indefinitely.
Read the article here: http://budobum.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-i-go-to-effort-to-go-to-japan.html