(tenouchi) I want to go high places so I look up. I want to go far places so I leave. I want places I don’t know. If I already knew a place, I wouldn’t want to go. I want to go, and I don’t know. So, I study and build a plan. In order… Continue reading Tenouchi: A Grip on Life
I usually make a point not to swear when writing on the blog, but it may come out tonight. I had my aikido test tonight. It went well. Yet feelings are greatly unsettled. Maybe it’s the feelings of a birthday as well mixed in. Definitely it is, but it’s not just that, it’s so many things;… Continue reading Stupid Gaijin: You Do What You Want
(Picture of Seattle artist Scott Musgrove found at http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/08/artist-pictures-extinct-bestiary-in-late-fauna-book/) I like music. I like music that consumes me. I like music that effectively transplants feeling. Because of this, I happen to like long songs with powerful feeling; heavy metal, trance, ambient, classical, as opposed to three minute and thirty second pops you here on the… Continue reading The Art in Martial Arts: Part 2 of Forever
Actually it’s ben a year and four months since my last aikido test, a long dry spell. After my last test I changed jobs and aikido time dropped from 3-4 times a week, to 3-4 times a month. It’s been a dark time indeed for aikido. Once I started this life over a year ago,… Continue reading Year Without a Test: Now I Get It
Half-read textbooks and novels falling off shelves. Neglected futons scattered on the floor. Accumulated incense ash blown across the low table. Cheap beer cans in bags on the balcony. Martial arts curriculum sheets stacked atop unpaid bills. Wooden sword, staff, and arrows leaning against the wall in the corner. Mountain maps on walls looking at… Continue reading Ruins of Ambition
Stone set in the earth, then, crack! The gravity of Change, channeled to a point. Another castle is burning. How long does one wait to flee its flames?
I need to be sure my back is straight and that my body weight is on the balls of my feet. I need to suck in my butt and hips so that they don’t stick out the back and contort my spine. When I hold the bow with both hands before the uchiokoshi (raising the bow) I need… Continue reading Points of Focus: Kyudo