…and the story behind:
…and the story behind:
Tonight a new Aikido semester is starting, the kind of traveling about every weekend for seminars, my kind of semester!
This weekend I will be in Stavanger for Bachraty sensei, 5.dan, missing unfortunately the fjord part of the semianr that has now become a very good tradition; next weekend it will be Oslo with Kuribayashi sensei, 7.dan, back after a quite successful seminar last year.
About the unrelated not Norwegian part (“..and more”), apparently there is a new Aikido club in the little town where I work, Ijsselstein: Aikido Groene Hart, that has very conveniently a session on Tuesday nights, when I got no class at Aikido Amsterdam. The club is just starting up and I will visit it soon. It might be an extra class, only good for my mind and condition!
Recently I had to make a tough Aikido choice that has been described by a few friends as “following my heart”, while for me it has actually been the opposite, more a brain decision, for which I thought it over and at the end it was not something easy. I actually had to leave aside my heart. Something not easy for me, as people that know me can tell..
I chose my books as I do my normal shopping: first thing I look at that I like, it is almost always what I take.. it can be clothes, shoes or, in this case books to borrow!
Yesterday, I did not went further than the “new books table” at the entrance of the exposition section and found 3 books interesting either because of the author (Chuck Palahniuk, one of my favorite!) or just the front cover or front cover caption:
..but none will be started before I finish “Infinite Jest”, the real challenge of this year! And I got less than 100 pages left..
..and I rock.. as a rock, I mean :-)
A little more than a week to the start of a new semester of Aikido weekends.. starting with Fjords’n’Aikido Seminar with Marc Bachraty, 5. dan in Stavanger.
After this, lots has already been planned and some tickets have been bought.. some it is still in the planning phase.. and listening the song below from the radio at work, I thought it was appropriate for the moment, for the steps to the beginning of a new Aikido semester, and the steps toward a new year..
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Back in the neighbor country after a few months, and again, of course, it is Aikido. This time visiting Duisburg and Aikido im Hof dojo. A special seminar, with a special sensei: Jorma Lyly, 6. dan from Vanadis dojo in Stockholm, one of my favorite teachers.
Special weekend as well: we will work on bokken exercises and their relationship to Aikido. I am looking forward since sword work is my favorite, and before Lillsved summer school, it was ages I did not hold a bokken.
Once back here I think I will either buy or get sent form Norway my bokken/jo set, maybe even my iaito.
Since any trip to German anyway brings back memories and I got no better video/picture to include, I want to remind myself the magic of the “wonderful” language spoken over there:
This morning I was biking to the train station, quite early for me (just before 7 am) and not far from my place, just on the curb on the side of the bicycle line, there was a middle-age Chinese man doing some morning gymnastic, sort of typical morning Tai Ji forms I used to see when back in my beloved China!