I have just finished reading “the Heart of Aikido” and it was an amazing and timely read for me. This book is written by Morihei Ueshiba on the philosophy of “Takemusu Aiki”, and translated by John Stevens. Perhaps even you experienced and well-read aikidoka are hearing about this book for the first time here, because… Continue reading Takemusu Aiki
This is what sensei said to me from across the dojo while I was reviewing a jo form with Hosogoshi after class. Hosogoshi and I looked at each other and I asked him what sensei said, but he shrugged his shoulders and was just as confused as I was. I asked sensei what he said,… Continue reading "Your Ukemi Was Really Weird Tonight, Zac."
(continued from my last two posts …)A beautiful mind is one that is appropriate. An ugly mind is one that is unnecessary. With quality breathing, we become calm uniting the seemingly disparate phenomenon of the universe. This allows us to see everything from our center and prevents us from being pulled off balance, rendering us… Continue reading A Direction
(Continuation from the previous blog entry, “In Medias Res”) Having a beautiful mind is a difficult thing to define or describe, because by itself it is just an organ stuck in our heads. I tried listing words that describe a “beautiful” or “ugly” mind, but they are all subject to circumstance and can fall on… Continue reading A Beautiful Mind
I am in the middle of things, and it’s not my favorite place to be. It’s been a while since I’ve started, and the end is still far away. Without the excitement of beginning, or the accomplishment of finishing, I am subject to any given mood caused by any seemingly unnecessary and unpleasant happenings. Did… Continue reading In Medias Res
I believe that we all have an inherent genius. But what is genius? My intepretation is that genius is actually the Great Potential within that manifests without. It is only with great difficulty, confusion, and limitation that we can judge or measure one’s genius by its physical manifestations. We can measure with scientific means and… Continue reading On Genius
Yesterday I got to try eating three new strange Japanese animals in different kinds of nabe (Japanese stew). There was a festival in Kamiichi, one of the towns that’s really at the base of the mountains, and they were serving bear (kuma) and wild boar (inoshishi)! I expected the bear to be really tough and… Continue reading An Interesting Day for Nabe