Originally Posted by Kudoist
What impresses me so much about Fujimatsu sempai is that hes just soo cool and calm on the mat. His style is so original, yet so effective.
If I could just achieve that level of calmness and cool confidence in a competition, I could be so much more effective.
In the Kanto tournament it was like he was just taking it easy sparring with some kouhai!
The calmness that You are describing is not only on the mat. This is one of the goals of a TRUE Budo practioner. No matter how the Martial Art is called or the methods that it uses, the inner peace and harmony are one of the last stops on the endless Martial Way - Budo.
We all strive to achieve such calmness. the fact that Fujimatsu Sensei has done it, doesn't mean that He has finished his journey. No there are still many obstacles in front of Him that will continue to make Him stronger and stronger. And thus people like him and Ogawa Sensei and Jukucho Azuma himself exist in order to inspire the ordinary practioner to be a true Budoka.
An induvidual doesn't have to be a two time World Champion (as Fujimatsu Sensei), nor a great fighter and skilled warrior (as Ogawa), but there is a saying that goes "The real joy of the purpose is not the purpose itself but the way that leads to it!" And if by the way an individual has, he bacome such a high skilled Budoka, that is just a bonus to the real deal- the specific way of livind that a Martial Arts provides, the special type of characteristic that we as people achieve and the unique possibility for constant battle with ourselves and the exciting opportunity for every-day-self-improvement!