We just finished training in the parking lot outside the dojo. It’s a bright and sunny 20 degree day. We were working on more boxing strikes from Jack Dempsey’s book in Ninja Lab today.
While we were training a young man pulled into the parking lot to turn around and from his car far across the lot yelled to us, “you bunch of queers.” Of course our group being the New Englanders they are all starting inviting the young man to join us. He deferred the invitations as he drove away by giving us the finger.
The reason I wanted to thank the ignorant coward is first we kept laughing for the next hour as we trained quoting our young friend over and over. Second and most importantly is a reminder of ignorance being all around us and how it can turn to violence. This one was a coward but there are others out there who let ignorance determine their actions. This is why we train.
So while it saddens us that so much ignorance and anger is out there to deal with, being good ninja we transmuted that negative energy into comedy and training. By the end of class everyone was hitting with their hook punches extremely well. And all of them were still giggling every so often as one or another mumbled “you bunch of queers.”
How we react to other people’s words is up to us. I’m happy to say our Shinobi Science Community is doing well using humor. If you would like to find out more about our online training community click the link below.
We look forward to training with you.
T and D
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