That’s another one my English Japanese jokes that nobody has laughed at yet. Jousei means female, and holiday is of course, a holiday. Why would I think of such a phrase? Because that’s what I’m going to be doing for the next three weeks! Tomorrow I’m going to Tokyo to meet my mom who is… Continue reading Jousei Holiday!
This was definitely the funniest practice ever. It was Sensei, Ueno-san for blackbelts, and then me, two lower ranking white belts, and one girl who had just started a week ago. When someone new comes in, sensei and Ueno-san take times working them one-on-one for a couple weeks on the side until they feel like… Continue reading Lesson 35: A Night for the Whities!
My sensei doesn’t think you can learn aikido from a book. With him it’s always “kankaku de … kankaku de …” By feeling … by feeling. Tonight I was able to make a connection between this inclination and his disrespect of another sensei in Toyama prefecture by listening to some stories about how my sensei… Continue reading Lesson 34: Not From A Book
Tonight I ate too much sushi before practice. It wasn’t so much as too much sushi, just too much too close to the time where I roll around hundreds of times vigorously for two hours. Because aikido practice is conveniently right when I like to eat dinner, between 7:30 and 9:30, I have two mini… Continue reading Lesson 33: Too much SUSHI!
Being in Japan and not understanding so much Japanese, I’ve come to learn aikido mostly by “kankaku” (feeling/perception) and have grown to deem this mode of learning superior to words … but those key words every while can really send things to a land of great understanding. Tonight, they were words I had alone with… Continue reading Lesson 32: Sometimes Words
A while ago I attempted to write an entry after every class under the varying titles of “Lesson X: blah blah blah”, but it seemed to have dropped off because … blah blah blah. It is difficult to do so everytime, but if there’s anything my aikido has taught me, it’s “bochi bochi” … little… Continue reading Lesson 31: A Slight Emphasis on the Wrist
Hisashi buri! Long time no post eh? I returned from an epic trip to Yakushima Island in south west Japan with many tales of folly and adventure! But alas, chronicling such matters for the blog seems to be taking a lot more time than I’m willing to offer at the moment. It is a work… Continue reading A Break from Martial Mania