The warrior's quest.
As I approached black belt in the martial arts I was sent on a kind of musha shygyo- a warrior’s quest.
Visit other Bujinkan dojo for a few regular classes and be assessed by the instructor.
See and feel how they transmit the art.
Yet there was a second part to the exercise, one that I did not see at the time.
It was also a chance to train with other Bujinkan students and members outside of my immediate circle.
A way to interact with different people that I was not used to training with each week.
Having to adapt to those surprises, by not being able to fall back on what was known.