Not ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku. Iiiiiiiiicccccccccccchhhhhhiiiiiii. Wakaru? Tonight, and actually very often, I get into the habit of practicing Aikido movements broken down into their individual steps. This is certainly residual from my past experience in Hawaiian Kenpo and Tai Chi Chuan, and it can be a very helpful way to learn movements,… Continue reading Lesson 2: One Movement
Today I had my greatest bike adventure to date. When I stepped out of my apartment and saddled myself upon my trusty bike, I started rolling but didn’t know exactly where. I’ve found that the two best directions to head are either across the highway towards the mountains, or towards the beach, and on this… Continue reading Gateway to Nippon
Here begins Lesson 1: the attempt at a project where I catalogue at least one tangible thing I can say I learned from every Aikido lesson (normally that will be every monday and thursday night). In order to prevent any blending together (how anti-Aikido) of memories or epiphanies, hopefully this project will prove useful for… Continue reading Lesson 1: Ukemi
The answer is both. Taking a look at the two kanji on the right hand side of this picture will answer this question. Together, they are “sottaku.” Yesterday, one of the fellow teachers at my high school saw me practicing my daily kanji (Chinese characters in Japanese writing), and said he had a homework assignment… Continue reading The chicken or the egg?
I’ve spent a bit of time searching for quality Aikido videos online and have found just a few good ones amid throngs of junk, but the other night I was given a DVD from one of my fellow Aikidoka that was quite impressive. It is comprised of clips of five different teachers’ seminars, and below… Continue reading Great Aikido Sources
Here I reveal one of the many ninja secrets of the Japanese that keeps their edge: Onsen. By definition, true onsen are only those that use water from geothermally heated springs that contain one of nineteen designated chemical elements, and must be at least 25 degrees Celsius before being reheated. I suppose in the truest… Continue reading Japanese Secret Technique #1
Well, though today was Wednesday, I had work off due to unusual shedules from midterm testing, and I had a lot planned with my free day. From nothing comes great waves of a lot of things. I thought it wholly possible to sleep-in, skype with my parents for the first time since talking in a… Continue reading An Excessive Equation