Tonight I wanted to welcome our new uchideshi to Mokuren dojo. His name is Kristof Tomey and he is from Ukraine. He will be living with the Parkers for about 10 months and doing aikido with us.
I like to think that I am so famous a sensei that people from all over the world flock to southwest Mississippi to learn from me, but alas, he is an exchange student. But he still counts as uchideshi because he is living with us and doing martial arts with us, so there!
This makes our second uchideshi. Our first was Gregor Barth from Berlin, who spent about 8 months with us and studied Judo. Gregor was (is) a very promising competitor with a very nice tokuiwaza of seoinage. Perhaps we will be seing more of his name in the international Judo circles...
Anyway, Kristof arrives at the beginning of August, and we all wish him a safe trip and a delightful educational experience in America.