It’s been a long time since I’ve written or made a video. What an interesting but ultra-crazy 2016 it was for me. I think 2016 was crazy for everyone, quite frankly, but in terms of my life overseas it was insane at times.
I recall finally making my way out of Korea to hit the Land of the Rising Sun back in February. That was an exhilarating moment for me. There I was getting EXACTLY what I wanted. A “real” teaching gig at a new school. And in Japan, no less.
Oh, the experiences and judo videos that were to follow. It was becoming clearer to me why I made the life change that I had.
Once I hit the shores, it hit me. I was in JAPAN! It looked and felt so different than Korea. Japan also has a unique smell. Or maybe I’m just crazy. It seemed like whenever I was at judo or in an office building I would get a whiff of that Japan smell. It’s like, linen or something along those lines. I can’t explain it. The closest word I can arrive at is linen.
In any event, I was in linen land. I got settled in, got semi-squared away with documentation and apartment. Then the year started.
How things can change.
I remember when I was a kid, maybe mid teens, I was visiting family in Florida. In those days I, as most, watched my fill of pro-wrestling. It was the realness of it that always captivated me! Back in the day, there was a tag-team called the British Bulldogs. If you don’t know, Tampa, Florida is a hotbed for pro rasslers.
I remember boarding the airplane and as I passed first class, there before me was the Dynamite Kid. If he got on the top rope he was deadly! At one point during the flight we actually crossed paths in the aisle.
Now, at that time I was pretty much finished growing height-wise. I was maybe 6’2″ then (approximately 188 cm, I believe). As I approached the Dynamite Kid I was flabbergasted.
The Dynamite Kid was so short! I literally looked down at him. Like, clear shot of the top of his head type of view!
How could that be?! It’s not how he was portrayed on TV. Not how Mean Gene made him out to be. Not how I knew for certain that he was a gargantuan overlord. Nope. Short. Muscular, no doubt. Probably as wide as tall, in fact. I still got his autograph though. Ha!
Now it’s 2016 and I’m in Japan. The Intercontinental Champion of destinations. But…
…it was the Dynamite Kid for me in many ways. Not so much Japan as much as the “next level” of teaching. It wasn’t what I would’ve expected. It was…corporate. It was…competitive. To a fault. It was…what I thought I left behind in 2011.
I have much to comment on regarding my unique teaching experience at a Japanese private school that I plan on sharing in the near future. And I will. Just not here.
I’m still in Japan though. Still in Hiroshima. I’m busy. I’m doing things. I’m ramping up for blogging and vlogging again. But I’m not teaching. Not for now, at least. I’ve stumbled down a different path.
Is it related to teaching? Yes and no. It’s connected to the whole picture. It’s crazy and awesome at the same time. It’s also something I plan on sharing VERY soon. Again, just not here.
So here’s to deathlocks, giant leg drops, and the future. Life is just a series of ups and downs and how we navigate them.