Good times, Mike!
I have a good one for you...
Around the time I was training and tested for my Nanadan, I was suffering from some tendonitis in both my shoulders. It was an overtraining thing... I was pushing too hard to look perfect for my test, and I overdid it. So anyhow... I did my kata during the Saturday night "test", and all was good. Later George had me do the Fuzhou Suparinpei for Mr. Tomoyose so he could see what I was working on. All seemed great.
The next Sunday, Mr. Tomoyose asked me to do a kata. I forget which... it was probably Seisan. So I did it for him and a large group. And then came this question from nowhere.How old are you?
The question floored me. I was in the best of shape. I was buff... I was benching the most in my life, and squatting a respectable weight. There was nothing old about my external physical appearance.
And then it hit me. Dana Sheets had come up to me the night before and commented that my strikes were a little low. Dana is my good friend, and she has permission to tell me exactly what she thinks - even if it's brutal. Low strikes... asking about my age...
No, I didn't have osteoarthritis in my shoulders. But my overtraining was making me look like it.
I subsequently went on an aggressive rehab program for both my shoulders to rid myself of the bothersome tendonitis. The left one in particular was bugging me from a rotator cuff tear I experienced decades ago. Since then, his comment and Dana's have helped me train smarter, and I'm aging more gracefully because of it.
Yes, Mr. Tomoyose has an enigmatic way of teaching. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.