“There is an ongoing joke in the martial arts that implies ‘If you don’t have a photo training with your teachers then it didn’t really happen.’

Between friends it is agreed that I am notoriously bad for not taking photos to document my training abroad over the years. For me I’ve always wanted to just ‘get on with the training’, and a few teachers have been reluctant to be on camera anyway. Instead, my approach is to fill notebooks and video my own performances as aide-memories.