Sunset at the hospital

14 07 2016

Some beauty….





44+1- happy Aikido birthday to me!

7 07 2016

Special treat for my birthday yesterday night at Aikido practice at Aikido Amsterdam dojo: I hope it represents the introduction of a tradition developed in Norway.

What better way for Aikido people to celebrate their birthday on the mats receiving Aikido “hugs” in forms of throws and techniques by the fellow aikidokas?

I cannot think of a better way to show Aikido love:-)

Aikido Amsterdam

Aikido Amsterdam – birthday treat

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One more down, keep counting..

6 07 2016

..let’s see how many more..


(thx Dani for this one)


(thx Tor Magnus, this is me.. us..)





Diary of a Deadman

30 06 2016

This band, Five Finger Death Punch, only recently fully discovered, is really impressing me, when I spend time listening to the lyrics.. Today I really enjoyed this song..

Unfortunately there are not many good videos available on the net, so that’s what you get..

Looking back I still have so many questions
So many things unanswered
Like what did I do?
What could I do?
Was there ever a moment you cared?

Or was I always ugly and abandoned
Remember all the times you wished me harm
You wished me dead
How can I have changed to make it better?
And would I?
Would I?
Would I?

I still feel so much hate inside of me
Seems like you were just waiting for me to fail
I’m sorry I can’t forgive you
Do you blame me?
You never forgave me

I’ve tried to grow from this
Every day’s a new challenge
Because with you, there is just no winning
Like it is not I’m still a part of you
And you’re still a part of me

Like it or not
You’re still a part of me
Yeah!

So this is how it ends
All the tears, all the blood
It’s all been for nothing
As the candle dwindles, then flickers out
In the end





Night light of A’dam skies

23 06 2016

Two nights ago, a strong slightly descendant full moon (no editing, point and shot with my mobile)..

Lonely Moon for a Lonely Man

..last night though a thunderstorm woke me up: fantastic lights as well, the lightnings and the sky, strong wind splashing against my windows the heavy rain..

Now the sun shines, but I biked to work in rain outfit and I got all prepared for going and coming from Aikido practice (8 km about per direction!).

Hail and locusts, we are ready for you!





Take my baby out for a spin…

31 05 2016

The sunny water (yeah, finally!), a ling working day, no Aikido practice and too many thoughts on my mind found a very good cure (even if I was far from dressed properly!):

Iaido in the sun

Mainly repetitions of basic cuts, shoatto from standing position and 8 cuts sequence..

Enough though to make me miss my Iaido obi and all my Iaido notes..

A good spin that helped my mind demons to settle a bit and reminded me of the joy of swinging my sword! Unfortunately left me with a boring pain in my left arm/elbow/hand (signs of my old arthritis coming back maybe or some very wrong movement).

…what you do not see in the picture is that I was in shorts, sandals and listening to heavy metal with earphones!! Not a proper uniform..😛





My baby is home

22 05 2016

After 6 years and a couple of months I could hold again my baby, and it gave me goosebumps:

my dragonfly iaito


For some time we lost contact and even she seemed lost, but then my dear friend Bob found the case and other bits of my Iaido past:

scabbards and iaito kit


Holding her in my hands was fantastic and I can only dream the time I can “dance” with her again… It requires some good weather for going outside.. therefore, being in the Netherlands, lots of prayers!

But she is home, and that is important!








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