You'll be getting an email from me, too, with these same updates. I want to let you know that for the next couple of weeks there will be opportunities to practice specifically for shiai. We will run some shiai matches at Eastern and our friends at U of M will be running shiai practice on Saturday mornings. Please also find opportunities in jigeiko or by asking the people you train with to help you prepare for your shinsa, too.
Also, we need volunteers to help at the Detroit taikai on 2/15! If you are planning to attend the tournament but not compete, please consider being a volunteer! It's an excellent way to get close to the action, helping run the courts and get the fighters ready for their matches, etc. You may even get fed with the extra bento boxes that sometimes are available! Let me know ASAP if you can commit to being a volunteer so I can get a head count. You can carpool with me, too.
Talk to you soon!