I started training in Aikido here in Kurobe, Japan on January 13th, and have just completed my first test: nanakyu. Officially, the results of the test will be revealed on the next class after further consideration, but the older belts seemed confident I passed and did well; however, I could have misinterpreted everything as is… Continue reading My First Aikido Test
This phrase is often used when describing a quick reaction to a outside force, maybe in catching oneself when falling or avoiding an oncoming object, but I have lately come across a slightly different interpretation. The other morning when it was still pitch black, I happened to be walking through Kurobe on a road that… Continue reading Cat-Like Reflexes
If you’re wondering who the sexy new model is for gaijinexplorer, it’s Jolene! My girlfriend, who I just picked up at Narita airport this last weekend, and we had a wonderful time in Tokyo. So here are some of our experiences. I’m not sure if the picture really translates, but my heart certainly felt how… Continue reading Tokyo Time
Yatta! They did it! Congratulations to the Sannensei of Sakurai High School on their graduation this year. For graduation, aren’t the students supposed to be the ones who dress up? This is just one of the many differences between a high school graduation in the US and in Japan. Before I get into that, here’s… Continue reading A Japanese High School Graduation
Because they’re cool! OK, really … my favorite is the wave! OK OK OK … the weapons shown are the jo (short staff) on the left and the ken (wooden sword) on the right, and they’re both good to train with because they help you relax. I’ve been practicing Tai Chi Chuan for four years… Continue reading Why Train With Weapons?
“Material martial arts fixate on physical objects. That kind of martial art is a source of endless contention because it is based on the opposition of two forces. A spiritual martial art views things on a higher level. It’s base is love, and it looks at things in their totality. It is things in their… Continue reading The REAL Martial Art
Its funny to think that the largest mountains in Japan are just behind the line of clouds in the distance. To anyone passing through this part of the Niikawa region today, hardly more than clouds, mud, and rice fields would have been noticed. It was one of those days that made me feel back in… Continue reading A Day For the Crows