Training recently has been more intense but the results are obvious. With adults and kids grading tests coming soon, everyone is practicing much harder but safely. This is time I find the most wonderful. You really push yourself and also help others do better.  You can see it clearly with the kids. So many have improved in physical skill and also in spirit. Many of the higher level students are helping the more younger ones, caring for them and encouraging them. They are taking responsibility and to see this is truly amazing. As Yamaguchi-sensei has said recently, you find yourself in Karate in many ways. you do that and he will try to help you along the way but it is all up to you. It is true for all aspects of life. We explore and we make decisions and no matter how good or bad they are, we are ultimately responsible for whatever is the result.