Exceptional Student Jan 2017
Big congratulations are in order for Parker, the Hikari Ryuza Center’s newest “Student of the Quarter!” Parker has earned his position through hard work, dedication, polite manners, and most of all his genuine endless love. He is never too insecure or embarrassed to give a big hug and say “I love you.” There is no doubt he is going to grow into an admirable young man, as he is already exceptional! We interviewed him so everyone could get to know him a little better. Without further ado, we present: Parker!
Interview with Parker
by Professor Shizumi
P: How old are you?
PF: 10. I’ll be 11 on July 15th of this year.
P: What grade are you in?
PF: 4th for right now.
P: When did you start training in Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu?
PF: I started when I was about 6. I think it was April 16th.
P: What is your favorite roll?
PF: Let me think. There are so many rolls and even ones I haven’t learned yet, so I might change my mind later. I really like Jump Front Somersault.
P: How about your favorite fall?
PF: Probably Straight Over. Jiyu Tobi something… Straight Over.
P: And what is your favorite technique?
PF: Oh gosh, so much! I do like Nage a lot or Shime (giggles). Shime is painful! One I like a lot is Perfect Circle Throw. I like getting air (the straight over) at the end of the roll. There’s lots of different things you can do.
P: Do you have a favorite color?
PF: It’s not really a color though, but it’s black.
P: What about a number?
PF: Number? I like 85 because I like eights and fives, so I just combine them together.
P: Can you tell us something about yourself that maybe not everyone would know?
PF: Lots of people know I have very polite manners. I have great friends; tons of friends and they’re all pretty much great. (“At this point Parker asks about how my year is going. He is always thinking of others!”) I like to inspire people and make them feel better.
P: What are your reasons for studying Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu?
PF: Well to progress through the system of Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu and just to progress through life. To defend myself when needed. It helps me with pretty much everything: confidence, life lessons.
P: I couldn’t agree more. I feel exactly the same way.
P: What are 3 goals that you currently have?
PF: Junior Black Belt. Get a nice job, one where I can have lots of fun and help people a lot. Hmmm… what’s another big goal in life? I like to do scary and fun things, things that make you nervous, but then it’s fun when you’re doing it; like Demo’s on stage or like today I did a play in my class about the history of Indian tribes and I was pretty nervous.
P: What are some of the important things you are learning in your Bujutsu?
PF: Everything. It helps everything for me. Bujutsu is a big thing in my life.
P: Why do you think you were chosen as the Student of the Quarter?
PF: Oh that’s hard. Because I’ve been doing well in my Martial Arts and I have good manners. And I want to inspire people, pretty much everybody in the Dojo.
P: If you wanted to invite a friend to Bujutsu, what would you say?
PF: I would probably say ‘do you want to try out doing Bujutsu with me at my Dojo. I have been doing it for years and you could try it out and join classes, and I love it. I think it’s the best Jujutsu. Well, it is to me.’ Sometimes it’s different with the person I’m talking to. I might not have known them very long or it could be a close friend.
P: What is your favorite part of class?
PF: It’s usually the best in the middle because you’re already warmed up and the end of class you’re closing. In the middle you get to really work on the 2 billion fun and painful techniques in our system. Well they’re all fun, but some of them are painful. I like the painful ones too. You really have to have lots of discipline for it and use your breathing.
P: How far do you want to go in your Bujutsu?
PF: Forever. If I grow up and live somewhere far I can always come over for a little while and do Bujutsu, kind of like Hugh does; cause he goes home and then comes back for some months at a time.
P: What rank will you be?
PF: I’m going to try to get to 10th Degree Black Belt. That takes a long time. A long time in the future, it’s like 40 years just to get the 10th Degree.
P: Is there anything else you would like to add before we conclude this interview?
PF: I am very happy that I got selected for the Student of the Quarter, cause it’s exciting and you get to know that you are doing well and you get to inspire other students. I love inspiring people.
P: You know what Parker? Inspiring people is extremely important to me also. I feel that inspiring people is my life purpose.
PF: Thank you Professor. I love you.
P: I love you too Parker. Thank you!