Tuesday May 17 was Michael Lee Jr.’s last keiko with us before his move to MD. He survived his tachikiri keiko. Tachikiri keiko (立切稽古) is one kenshi doing kakari keiko (掛稽古) continuously with multiple kenshi, usually a few dozens in turns. In Aomori Japan, there is the brutal 3 hour long tachikiri challenge. In our case, the dojo uses the tachikiri to allow every dojo member to be able to keiko with Michael, to replay his life with us at the dojo, to say goodbye and to wish him good luck!
Michael joined our dojo almost 5 years ago together with his whole “clan”. He started as a total rookie and recently in Denver he became a fresh minted 2 Dan. Michael, you are growing into a cute young man too. Good luck with your endeavors and come back to keiko with us when you can. You are always welcome! Baby Lee, 勿忘初心!