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My next life mission.

  • 投稿者: TAJIRI
  • 2015年3月30日 7:37 PM
  • W-1

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In the winter of 2011, while I was still working as the head producer for SMASH wrestling, I went to Turkey to wrestle.

When I came back to Japan, the joint in my left elbow stiffened and locked up. I couldn’t move my arm at all. When I went to the doctors to see what was wrong, the doctor said “it’s hard to know specifically what’s wrong, let’s see how it heals on its own”. I tried so many things to heal the injury, but to no avail. I had given up hope.

Then, by a twist of fate, I was able to undergo a different form of treatment that, for the first time in my life, fixed the problem. I discovered acupuncture. The day after this new treatment, my arm was almost better. A few days later, I was able to make a complete recovery.

Although my body was no doubt compatible with acupuncture, I was so impressed that I said to myself, “I want to be able to treat people, and heal them like I was healed”.

Around this time, SMASH had since folded and we were waiting for the new wrestling company WNC to start. When WNC had its first show in the spring of 2012, at the same time, I enrolled in a school to learn acupuncture. I had consulted many acupuncture professionals about which school to enrol in and finally chose a school in the Takadanobaba district of Tokyo.The school is well known for an extremely tough curriculum and very hard testing. I thought to myself “this is the school for me”.

I passed the entrance examination, and in the spring of 2012, I was a professional wrestler, a head producer, and now a student. I was now juggling my professional life with school and my family.
It might sound like a tough schedule, but actually it showed me how to juggle everything in life, and it was fun too. Before I entered this new, unknown world, I was the kind of person who wanted to avoid this kind of life.
Now, my three years of schooling was to begin.

Classes were Monday to Friday, from 9am to lunch time. On days that we ran shows at Shinjuku Face or Korakuen Hall as well as training days, I was busy straight after class. When we toured the countryside of Japan, it was mainly on weekends so there was no problem there… but one week into my course, I just wanted to quit. I was so sleepy. Just so sleepy! In order to get to class on time, I had to leave my home in Hachioji at 6:30am, which meant I had to wake up at 6am at the latest.

When I was the head producer for Smash, we would stay up late at night working on things, and I would sleep in until midday. It was natural that I would be this tired in the mornings. But we as humans eventually learn to deal with and get used to things and I knew one day the tiredness in the mornings would go away.

As for the study, the knowledge needed to be an acupuncture professional was something I knew would be tough, but it was even harder than I imagined. The course focused on the detailed parts of anatomy and physiology (the fundamental curriculum) right through to neurophysiology and rehabilitation. In one year, I had to be ready to take over 10 examinations and small tests and pass every one of them.

Whenever I was riding the train, I could barely keep my eyes awake but I still kept reading my text book and on the days that I had matches, I went to school as usual waking up at 6am. I would then go to the arena for the show and this is how my life was for three years. The toughest periods of these three years were no doubt the beginning of WNC, and when I signed up to co-produce both WNC and Reina Women’s Wrestling shows. Reina had me working hard behind the scenes for them. The work load doubled as I was doing the show planning, the booking (match making), advertising, working with the video person to make the videos for the shows, ticket sales, website updating, and training the rookie wrestlers etc. I was being worked to death. Sometimes it got so busy that I was sleeping at the office.

In my school, if you were late to class three times, this transferred to one day of classes missed. If you missed too many days, you would fail and be forced to drop out. So I couldn’t afford to miss any classes.
After moving to Wrestle-1, we had a lot of shows outside Tokyo. These were mainly all on the weekends, so instead of taking the Wrestle-1 bus with everyone else, I would take the Bullet Train at my own expense after class, and arrive at each arena barely on time. I sure was walking a tightrope.

When I joined the school, I had 30 classmates. When I graduated the class had dwindled to 18, with one or two dropping out here and there over the course of three years.
At the end of last year, I passed the preliminary exam which determined whether or not I could take the final exam or not. I had met the qualifications of candidacy for the examination. Then, last month, I sat for the final exam. Finally!

I had encountered so many obstacles over my three years, especially in the last year, but I passed.
My graduation ceremony was the other day and I made sure the past three years of hard work had all been worth it.
After three years of hard work, I had confidence in my beliefs. I had already decided long ago that once my children had grown up, I wanted to leave Japan and travel the world. I was however, always asking myself questions. When I leave Japan, I won’t be a young man anymore. How can I make this happen? Then it hit me. I want to take my acupuncture abroad and I truly believe that learning acupuncture was part of my life journey. When I was younger, professional wrestling took me to a lot of countries around the world. Despite going on a different path, I will once again go abroad, but this time acupuncture will take me there. This, I believe, is my next life mission. After I started thinking this way, this belief that this will all come true started to build daily and has been life changing. It has given me so much energy.

From this spring, I will do both professional wrestling and acupuncture together. In the pursuit of knowledge, I studied from the very best and now it’s time to go out on my own.
I will also travel to a country in the western Pacific Ocean. This country has barely anyone practicing acupuncture and the plan that I have is like a picture I’ve painted in my head. I can see it all now and step by step, it’s becoming reality.

Bring on spring!

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