A few months ago I received a call from a woman calling herself Christine enquiring about Iaido. After several years (well it felt like that) on the phone I gleaned that Christine and a few of her fellow Ju Jitsu colleagues had had some Iai training but felt they needed more.
So at my peril, I invited Chris down to Durham to have a chat and the rest, as they say, is history.
Well not quite, but it did lead to Chris sorting out a venue for Budokan (with their chums from Ojika) to do some more Iaido.
First night was led by moi with the help of Hansel (Owen Wilson) and along came Chris with her mates Leslie, Ben, Charlotte and Ronnie. And I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did 'cos they seemed like a great bunch of people.
We are a few weeks in now and they are all proving to be excellent students. So let me introduce the Sunderland posse to you all.
Chris - has bought a new sword and is the only person I know shorter than Danni and harder than a cage fighter.
Ben - is the luckiest guy alive cos he got Charlotte to go out with him AND he now has me as a teacher.
Charlotte - is really called Dave (it's true, honest) and likes to get changed in public!!!!! (if that don't increase the membership nothing will).
Leslie - is the only person to be more 'ooer missus' than me.
Ronnie - has the rudest text jokes evvah!
Welcome to the mayhem guys and gals.