Archive for November, 2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

hachi
eight.
6+4=10
8+2=10
9+1=10
While working on the very beginning footwork for my second technique, I was, for lack of a better word, dodging the punch of my uke. (translation: person trying to hit me.) Trading off between Sensei and the other white belt as uke, I kept trying to adjust my movements to make up for [...]

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

shichi
seven.
Rank. Or in my case, the lack thereof.
“What belt are you?”
“How long will it take to make black belt?”
“how often can you get promoted?”
… Probably the most common questions anyone receives relating to any sort of martial art. If you ask me I’ll proudly say, “white”, “I don’t care”, and “I don’t [...]

Monday, November 7th, 2011

roku.
six.
On the Sunday after the dōjō anniversary, Rodriguez Sensei invited the aiki students to a short training seminar with him at the dōjō. When Brad Sensei emailed me to tell me about the invitation, I enthusiastically accepted, and took a vacation day off work so I could attend. I was excited to even sit [...]

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

go.
Five.
Five weeks. It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for five weeks.
Saturday all the students of the three disciplines that are studied at the dōjō met and and did a demonstration for James Rodriguez, our Kancho, and a small crowd of friends and family of the dōjō.
It was an honor to [...]