Archive for October, 2011

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

shi.
Four
The 30th anniversary of the dōjō is coming up soon, and a demonstration is scheduled for the sensei who founded the school, who will be in town for the event. All three of the ways taught at the dōjō will have a part in the demonstration: the karate-do students first, then the Aikijutsu students, then [...]

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

San.
Three.
“Everything in this dōjō has rank”
… An interesting concept for a westerner to wrap his mind around.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, on my first night Brad Sensei had me put my shoes in the shoe rack before class. What I didn’t mention was that when I came back at the end [...]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Ni
Two.
Seiza kinda sucks.
Seiza, the kneeling position of choice in Japanese dōjō all over the place, is… Well… Painful to a middle-aged American with limited flexibility.
As for why we sit in seiza, I’ll leave the explanation to someone more eloquent and knowledgeable than me.
In spite of the limited discomfort… I like it. I’m [...]

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Ichi.
One.
Day one. As I walk up to the locked dōjō doors, I realize that I probably should have called ahead, but instead I just popped in before the beginning of class to introduce myself and tell the sensei I’m interested in observing a class, if possible. There’s one other person, a lady, standing around who [...]

Decisions

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

We had selected my son’s dōjō, Ohio Budōkan because it was a well-established non-profit budō & Japanese cultural arts center that had been in Dayton for 30 years, and based on the endorsement of an old high school friend of mine. In all honesty, Ohio Budōkan’s comparably lower membership dues when compared to [...]

Beginnings

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I’m not quite sure when I first wanted to study the martial arts. I suppose, just as every little American boy at some point wants to grow up to be a soldier, so too does every American boy want to grow up to be Chuck Norris. I remember buying Blackbelt magazine in grade school, [...]