Last week I had my first international seminar outside of the United States. I feel very fortunate that it was such a great experience!
Last week I had my first international seminar outside of the United States. I feel very fortunate that it was such a great experience! Sensei Burns and I flew to Stockholm and were picked up by the nicest family in Sweden. Mr. Kenth Haag and Mrs. Madeleine Haag along with their children Alexandra, Jimmy, Ricky, and Ozzy were wonderful hosts. I was not surprised because they are Wado :).
By the end of our first day we had learned a lot about Sweden and the town of Orebro. We toured a castle from the 13th century, learned that IKEA is Swedish and actually pronounced “eekeea,” and that there are only 9 million people in the large country. We ate donuts called semla, a Swedish favorite for which they have a national holiday, and finally we nearly froze to death walking around town haha. Thankfully these lucky tourists were decked out in our Swedish scarves and hats that the Haag family provided.
The seminar went extremely smooth. I held 10 hours of training from Friday through Sunday afternoon. The host Mifune Dojo in Orebro made t-shirts for the seminar with a familiar photo I’ve seen before… And the local news teams even showed up! I had an interview for the Orebro newspaper and another for that night’s evening TV broadcast. Here is the TV news segment!
I made many new friends of all ages last weekend and hope to continue those relationships. Hopefully next year I’ll be lucky enough to go back. Thank you Sweden!!