“The Sound of bells echoes through the monastery at Gion Shoja, telling all who hear it that nothing is permanent.” “Gion Shouja no kane no koe, shogyoumujou no hibiki ari.” A haunting passage isn’t it? It the most famous line from one of the classics of Japanese literature, “The Tale of the Heike.” Shogyoumujou is… Continue reading Shogyoumujou
What is the proper way to hold your hands (no pun intended) when you practice your martial art? I’m sure the answer is like everything-“it depends”-but maybe we can be a bit more specific. When I was first practicing Hawaiian Kenpo, there was no strict preference for this matter. It was very important not to… Continue reading But What About the Hands?
First off, this is my third blog of the day, so don’t forget to scroll down to the other posts! If you have the time of course. Well, this morning I woke up in my regular fashion and made my daily 20 minute walk to school which seemed a little strange today for some reason.… Continue reading Bicycle Adventures in Kurobe
Back in November, all ALTs (assistant language teacher) in the Toyama prefecture met for two days for a mid-year seminar on teaching English. I went to this instead of school for two days, was going to learn some things about teaching, and meet other ALTs I hadn’t seen before. There are two very different sides… Continue reading The Ten Commandmants of Learning English
This ain’t China! I don’t really know what that is supposed to mean, and this isn’t about food, but rather martial arts and the application of a technique called the “Ox Tongue.” My first experience with this technique was in Bagua Zhang where you step behind your opponent while draping your arm over your opponent’s… Continue reading No Love for the Ox Tongue
One of the guys at Aikido just got married a bit ago, so it was only right for him to have a party with the Aikdo crew, which happened last night. It was well advertised at every class for the past month, and at first I was hesitant about going, but soon decided that it… Continue reading Aikido Party
(the office where I secretly read Aikido books) Tonight the Sensei along with many of the students showed up an hour late for whatever reason, so I got a lot of time with other high ranking black belts to help me wipe and scratch my face on the mat for a bit. However, the most… Continue reading Hogging the Black Belts