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Apparently, I’m a martial artist now

Friday, June 1st, 2012

… Albeit a fledgling one.
Last week I was away at a training conference for my real job. The conference is held in a very nice state park lodge in one of the more remote areas of the state. Conference attendees who stay in the lodge have little option but to socialize in the evenings because [...]

Balance

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Miyagi: You remember lesson about balance?
Daniel: Yeah.
Miyagi: Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
In the years and months before I began my feeble study of budo, as I became increasingly out of shape, there was one thing that really had started to bother me [...]

Hatsugeiko

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Happy New Year!
Oshogatsu … The Japanese New Year is a big deal… a much bigger deal than the one night of excessive drinking that Americans generally count as a New Year’s celebration. There are many various celebrations and traditions the Japanese celebrate during the New Year. I’ll let you google for more details, [...]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011


ten.
I’ve gotta confess to loving the Karate Kid movies… cheesy as they were. Somewhere in all the cobra-kai silliness and over-acting, Mr. Miyagi actually had a lot of good things to say.
The last couple of weeks in class we’ve been working on a technique in which the breathing is key to performing the technique correctly.

First [...]

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

kyū
nine.
Ukemi: That’s how I roll.
I mentioned previously that one of my first realizations when taking my first Aiki class was that I was probably going to be spending a lot of time falling down.
Ukemi defined (roughly, crudely): basically means “to receive body” or, “to receive self.” In aikijutsu, we call the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]