2/97 San Diego Trip
Saturday, 2/22/97: Keiko at UCSD
Approximately 20 people came to the keiko at RIMAC Center on the UCSD campus.
Uyeji Sensei, Shikai Masashi Sensei, Yamamoto John Sensei, and Shikai Yuriko
Sensei were in attendance (with Kodama Jean Sensei sidelined with
bronchitis). The keiko consisted of warm-ups, kihon, uchikomi, rotation
keiko, waza keiko, and jiyuu geiko.
Shikai Masashi Sensei conducted the practice and gave everyone a thorough
workout. Below he demonstrates kote-suriage-men waza (parry kote, strike men
Following keiko, kenshi chowed down pasta at the Old Spaghetti Factory
in downtown San Diego. Then the girls played hanafuda at Yamamoto Sensei's
house until the wee hours, with prizes going to all. The big winner was
the youngest kenshi, Yurika Shikai!
Sunday, 2/23/97: Climbing at Vertical Hold
After a potluck brunch, including a gourmet antipasto salad prepared by
Shikai Masashi Sensei, the group caravaned to Vertical Hold for about
3 hours of climbing. The kids, Sayuri and Yurika Shikai, outlasted everyone.
Above, left to right: Yurika Shikai, Linda Fu, Masashi Shikai and Nora
Below, left to right: Nora Izumihara, Lisa Yamamoto.
Left: Climbing instructors John and Carl Yamamoto demonstrate the hard
John (bottom left) belays Carl as he climbs an extreme overhanging
route. Note: The camera angle does not convey the difficulty of this
Happy but very, very tired, we left Vertical Hold and had another gourmet
meal at a Chinese restaurant before hitting the road for the return trip
home. We definitely have to do this again!
Many thanks to the senseis who attended the practice and the climbing
instructors. Also special thanks to Yamamoto Sensei for putting us up
at his house and to Uyeji Sensei for providing drinks and treats.
Return to WKA home