Fortunately the ventilation system was good, with 10+ electric fans, otherwise it would be hazardous to train in this summer climate..
My waza ability was obviously not quick enough, partly because the guys were fast. So I need to catch up.
At the end of the training, we had a shiai-geiko. I fought with 4 people, two 5th Dan, one 4th Dan and one 2nd Dan. Believe or not, I won 2-0 against the 5th Dan's, 2-1 against the 2nd Dan, and lost 1-2 to the 4th Dan. I can honestly say in normal geiko, one of the 5th Dan and the 4th Dan are obviously stronger than me. But this time in shiai, my will-power was strong enough to compensate the difference in the technical level.
Feedback from Ho Sensei:
- I have to identify better whether my strikes are valid or not. If not valid, then return quickly to chudan. Otherwise I would waste too much energy on doing zanshin.
- Identity better the good moments to attack, instead of making lots of invalid strikes.
- He said that I have advantage in shiai since my fighting-will is strong. I hope to keep this up!
Of course I'm rather happy about the results. Afterall this gives me some confidence practising in this dojo. However, I know I still have too much to learn from these guys.