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Beer Virus State of Emergency Impact on Hombu Karate Dojo

Beer Virus State of Emergency Impact on Hombu Karate Dojo

You may have read/seen/heard that Mighigan’s Governor declared a State of Emergency because of the Beer Virus. (Translated as Coronavirus  or Covid-19)
Sensei Iha (88 years old) just returned to Lansing by plane from Okinawa last week with 10 masked and coughing Chinese who had special escorts off the plane. I had been in touch with Mark and Marian about precautions for him to ensure he hasn’t picked up the Beer Virus in his travels. So far, so good. He prefers Awamori. They restricted Sensei to his house and closely control those who can visit him at his house. Just the other evening an unannounced FEDEX delivery guy was tackled and pummeled by anxious Dojo Members before he could identify himself.
Classes at the Lansing Hombu Dojo have been canceled until a week from Saturday.
Mark’s Dojo in Holt, about 6 miles away, will continue their regular class schedule. Mark justified his decision by noting most of his students were grade school and high school students while the Hombu Dojo was filled with high-risk old farts like Roberto! 😱 and he put it in writing! Jeez.
Sensei Iha’s Friday, March 27 Seminar has been canceled.
The Saturday, March 28 Black Belt Test will occur in the testers’ (or is it testees?) own dojos. We are told to say that we hope this is a one-time occurrence. Yet I would prefer to continue testing this way at least for Shodan and Nidan. Maybe Sandan.
So Daniel #2 and Alex will be tested in class that Saturday, March 28.
Be sure to attend class to watch the test that will start at 11 AM after our regular class. We will invite Daniel #1 and Bryan to participate in kata, kumite, and bunkai, too. I didn’t warn them before sending this message.
The dates for the National Training Seminar are set for July 31- Aug 2. With a Black Belt test on July 30. Yet this could change depending upon the evolution of the Beer Virus.
As we gear up for the St.Patrick’s Day and the wonderful long-awaited epicurean delight of boiled corned beef, cabbage and carrots I should note the following:
Brazil Shidokan will celebrate their Dojo”s Anniversary in September. Sensei Iha has already canceled his participation in it. The possibility of traveling to Brazil and getting quarantined for a few weeks might be appealing to Isaac, Bruna, and other Brazilians, but most people would freak out. Brazil’s Hombu Dojo is located in Santos, a semi-port city with a large half-moon beach likened to a miniature Rio De Janiero. Most women report the men on the beach are attractive in their small bathing suits that reveal all God gave them. It may come as a surprise for many of you, but personally, they don’t do anything for me. However, the beautiful well-shaped women in their tiny skimpy bikinis are another story. Plus the food is great and we won’t talk about the caipiriñas, the rum, lime juice, and sugar cane drink that is so good that after 3 or 4 your body imitates its uncontrollable liquidity. If the Beer Virus gets under control in Brazil please don’t stand in front of the door as we will run you over in our rush to get to the airport on time!
To repeat what the US Surgeon General just said on television,
“Wash Your Hands!” 
I think that was said to prevent the spread of the Beer Virus but he could have been addressing that peeping-Tom found last night in the bushes by your shower window.
If you didn’t hear, read on Slack, or care, last night my daughter pulled the plug on my travel to San Francisco for the birth of her child. While a rationally correct decision, I struggled with the emotional decision process.
See you in Class!
Roberto