Too much travel
Not long back from the France seminar, many many thanks to Vero, Nirina, Pascal and all the Parisian Kenkyukai members. I think I made some more friends. First time in Paris, or really first in continental Europe, so blown away. A far cry from New Zealand.
The French seminar was well attended with people from Europe, USA, NZ and Australia, even India, a really cosmopolitan bunch. Taira sensei was on form as usual, many new things, much refreshment of what we already knew.
It's clear to me that attending regular seminars is more beneficial than one a year. Lots of people say they need one a year, then they can spend a year working onthe learnings for the next one. The result is OK but not great. If you don't quite get it, you spend a year learning it 'wrong' - meaning you don't get the principle that is supposed to be being communicated. If you try to stick with one or two new things and not try to get everything that was taught maybe it will work for you. As Bryson says, approximately, "go back to that other thing you didn't understand, and don't work on this new thing, try to get one right, not two wrong!". Which is a long way of his more pithy "I don't care how you do it, as long as you do it right".