The other day I left school to get some lunch at a nearby bakery during one of my free periods. I wasn’t really feeling particularly lazy at that time, but the glare of the sun on my eyes which had been stuck within school walls for four hours was making me fix a pretty mean… Continue reading Lazy Aikidoka
This country boy is goin to the big city! I had an interview with a children’s eikaiwa school to teach English in Toyama City a couple days ago, and yesterday I got word that they want me to work for them … YATTA! Since about a month ago when I decided that I wanted to… Continue reading "Japan: Part II" Coming Out Soon!
Look at these two nice guys trying to shake hands. That’s certainly something I try to do more often than break someone’s ribs with a reverse punch or cut through something with a katana. Hehe, just a little fun. I’m very interested in those latter skills, but really, aikido helps me more in my daily… Continue reading Aikido IS the most practical martial art! & I fixed the comment issue
Rebound: rediscovering what you had … getting up. About a month ago I went to a training where it was only Ueno-san and I for the whole hour and a half, and the most important topic we went over was “rebound.” We were doing just a normal version of koto-gaeshi, a technique I’ve done before,… Continue reading Rebound
Aside from all of the details of technique and usual things we ought to be mindful of in our aikido practice, I have three things in particular I’m trying adhere to on my own agenda. 1.) Paying attention through the whole waza. This is funny because you think you’d naturally have to pay attention in… Continue reading 3 Things I’m Keeping in Mind
In “Eastern” martial arts, it is very common to have styles or techniques named after particular animals. Or at least have metaphors and stories about animals. Well, through all the dragons, tigers, cranes, snakes, etc … I’d say my sensei most resembles a whale. Ha! Do you teachers out there wish to be likened to… Continue reading My Sensei is a Whale & Comment Issues
Micchaku – 密着: close adherence (to), stick (fast) ((to)), adhere ((to)) The first time I came across any concept of “sticking” in the martial arts was fortunately with my first sensei in Hawaiian Kenpo, but I don’t remember it being much of a main theme, and it didn’t really “stick” well in my mind at… Continue reading Micchaku: Sticking in Aikido