How about breaking some boards with those kicks?
I've just got the PERFECT angle in mind!"
Err, ninja maneuvers and chopping boards aren't exactly what we had in mind when we talked about showcasing Ashihara Karate. We sure have come a long way to breaking popular Karate stereotypes and it looks can definitely do a better job at this, next time.
But if fancy kicks and smoke clouds would make us make new friends, what the heck. Why not?
It'll be fun.
With the help of our good buddy Robin, we went ahead to turn that plan into reality.
So we set off to meet the nice fellows at PSS in their rustic, yet classy headquarters located at the Selegie Arts Centre to discuss if the plan could have a go ahead.
With both sides being new to each other's endeavours, we had a great time sharing experiences and opinions about our individual subject matters.
While the PSS Committee members awe at our accounts of the Karate lifestyle and Japanese culture, we can't help but to be in admiration of the passion that photography enthusiasts have in honing their craft, often marked by the investment of time and money, while always being on a look-out for new opportunities to 'snap'.
Despite being strangers to the photography craft, this unrelenting desire to continuously improve, seek new experiences and to also help others become better, is something that we can definitely relate closely to.
The first meeting concluded with PSS' decision to send their "heavyweights" to Buona Vista CC dojo for a test-shoot.
Top: PSS' headquarters at Selegie Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of sipa.org.sg
Imagine the excitement that was building for the actual shoot!
There, an army of 26 eager photography enthusiasts marked their positions in a bid to secure the best spot possible to get a good shot at our "models".
It wasn't our first time posing for pictures, but doing it outdoors was a whole new experience for us.
While we gave inputs on potential hazards that the natural environment presented (e.g. sloping terrain, uneven ground, slippery surfaces, etc.), the PSS instructors in turn recommended our positions, based on elements such as lighting and background.
With all concerns addressed and in accompaniment of the amazingly good weather, everyone set off to shoot away!
Top: Exchanging inputs with one of PSS' instructors
But when new experiences and friendships were forged by simply stepping out of our little Karate world in the dojo, we realize that despite our different passions, we all share the same desire for personal growth and variety in life.
Furthermore, we realize that we're better off connecting and sharing with others what little we have or know than to keep holding on to our exclusive circles and personal egos.
*Special Thanks to:
- Robin Choo for helping to coordinate this incredible initiative!
- The Photographic Society of Singapore, including its Executive Committee and members for this opportunity and enjoyable outing!
- Aylwin Tan -sempai for coming to participate despite having just returned from a camp!
- Jeet and Mavyin for being the first to volunteer as our models!
- Jason for coming to support the outing despite the hectic work schedule (note the manly unshaven face)!
- Yong Jin for proudly representing AKS' junior belt squad!
- and last but not least, Joy for surprising us with your presence despite having to fly back to the US the next day!