Barbados Day Two (plus some things I forgot from day 1)

 

So I forgot to mention a few things. First, no offense meant to anyone, the driving here is crazy!!! They drive on the opposite side of the road than we do in Canada. Not a big deal but my instinct from drive on the other side of the road kicks in as we are being driven around. Seeing cars coming my mind is screaming they are going to hit us but I know otherwise, right? WRONG! They drive fast and seem to have little patience for slow drivers. I thought I was bad when someone traveled slow. Here you beep your horn and pass hoping you can get back on your side before the other cars reaches you. The buses are awesome. They slow down and yell where they are going and Are you coming? It is very cool. Last night Michel and I did find a store. Literally, across the street from the hotel. The little older man running the small store had some snack food, water and alcohol. There were a group of men sitting at a table drinking beer. We bought some water and Michel got a couple beer. Last night I had a couple glasses of Rum Punch. If you want to try Rum Punch it is great and simple to make. One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong and Four of Weak. (one part lime juice, 2 parts brown sugar water, 3 parts rum (it should be caribbean rum) and 4 parts ice water. Add some nutmeg and bitters)

Day Two

I had to get up early and go to the judges clinic. Before the clinic I went to breakfast with Shihan David and Janice Pyke and Shihan Bourgon. Shortly after we met in the lobby of the hotel to go to the dojo. Shihan David and Janice and myself were picked up by Michael Williams and driven to the dojo. The clinic was almost exactly the same as the one at IKD World Camp. We went over the rules and introduced some of the changes. After the clinic was over we walked back to the hotel on the way back we ran into Shihan Jeffery Wong from Guyana and walked back to the hotel together. About have way back the skies opened up and it poured. We got soak but it was nice enough to stop just as we reached the hotel. The Pykes stopped by our room and asked if we were coming to lunch with them. I told them I would be right here but as I got up to go it started to pour. I decided to wait it out. Then headed over to meet them. They had to return to the dojo to officiate at exams for Judges, Instructors, Examiners and Black Belts. I could have done my examiners test here but I would have had to have two partners for my bunkai. I will wait and maybe do it a week after I get home.

I returned to the room got a shower, ironed my tournament gi and hand-washed a few clothes. Then I sat down and started to write this.

After that I received a call from Sensei Bordage to see if our final team members had arrived. There was a planned Welcome Party and we wanted to make sure that they knew what was going on and that they received their tournament information. I found them on the beach and asked if they wanted to go to the party. They did and everyone went to prepare.

Next we were all off on a big bus to the location for the party. It was a big domed building with a balcony that over looked the beach. The bus driver seemed to get lost on the way and we ended up at a Sandals. He must have figured out where we were going and we soon arrived. The bus passed other vehicles smoothly that were within inches of each other even other buses.

The party was a good time got to chat with some old friends and meet some new ones. After a nice sampler plate of snacks and some sugary drinks (no alcohol because there were kids present) we had group pictures done on the stage with Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai and Fuku Shuseki Shihan Maureen Woon-A-Tai and Fuku Shuseki Shihan W. Dexter Shim.

It was announced that the buses arrived so the large group shuffled outside only to find out there were no buses. Suddenly the skies opened up and it poured. This wasn’t the first time since the party started but we were all under the roof of the dome or under canopies but now it was outside and we were getting soak. Everyone headed back to the building. I believe there were 9 members of Team

Ontario squeaked under one. At least in the pouring rain they were still having fun.

After arriving back at the hotel, I packed everything for tomorrow and finished this post. Tomorrow will be a busy day with the pick up for the tournament being at 7:15 am. The event will begin at 9:30 am and will end at 5 pm.

I am competing in Kata tomorrow as well as Judging. I will do my best to get a pick of the results at the end of the day.

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