Seagalize yourself!

26 02 2015

The other day I walked past the window of a book shop in Utrecht and suddenly got to a frozen stop, traced back my steps and stared at the window, with an unbelievable look into my eyes.. Did I see correctly? Yes I did:

Seagalogy... nightmare!!

I did not dream a book called Seagalogy, but then when I noticed the title I understood it was not a commemorative biography to the achievements of this great actor, martial artist, stuntman and performer.. but still seems to be a deep work in his “artistic” life.

I want still to think about his nice Aikido past, when he was at the beginning of his martial art life, and he had the chance to practice with good sensei of that time, but then he is a great example how money and fame can make people deviate from a given road and join others. Maybe I am biased, but I feel always a little sad when people say they joined Aikido because of Steven Seagal..

But, as said, there was lots of good stuff when he still was an Aikidoka!

Now I think he has start his own fight to catch up with Chuck Norris notoriety! Especially in the facts category (click for a real laugh)!!

Seminar thoughts: disconnection..

26 01 2015

I realized my Aikido went like my life recently: regression backward. At least I am getting lots of things to think about, unfortunately got no dojo yet (for the Aikido) and no partner (for the other issues)….

Last weekend in Strømmen I met my dear friend Karsten and had a chance to have a nice chat about how important is for us to have some weekly chances to practice Aikido (I cannot say anymore daily, as in my older days in Norway). Both mind and body needs the Aikido break, and I am not surprised we both agree on this aspect. His life has of course many more challenges, being a father of two gorgeous girls, living with his partner and the children and working as a teacher (another job that requires quite a lot of “homework” and preparation, not only for the students!).

Venting out mentally and physically gives quite a lot of pleasure, and the best way for me has been Aikido, in the years (I know what you might be thinking! There are different and maybe better ways to vent out ;-) but in many many years of single life, and not only, Aikido is certainly one of the best ways.. ).

Marc Bachraty sensei in Strømmen, with a twist :)

Marc Bachraty sensei in Strømmen. Group photo with a twist :)

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Delay delay delay

16 01 2015

Flight to Oslo scheduled at 21:30 it got now a constantly increasing delay:


More than 2 hours: this means losing the great chance to sleep on a bed tonight but when/if I’ll arrive in Gardemoen I have to find my usual sleeping corner (this time though without blanket, but got warm clothes… and 2 keikogi jackets!).

More worrying is the increasing delay and nobody at the gate with hints of explanation (technical or weather troubles?). Great Dutch service!

Tomorrow practice also will be quite bad. I’m so tired already! If I could get the money back I’d probably turn around and go home… But not a possibility unless the flight gets cancelled…

Let’s see…….

UPDATE – a little treat with the “compliments” of Norwegian:


Unfortunately for most of the people here it is little consolation: the flight will land after the last train and bus to the city have left…

First Aikido seminar of 2015

10 01 2015

First trip for 2015 for Jorma Lyly sensei: about this time (5 am) I should get on the train from Amsterdam to Bremen, after a night spent in the city (bars with friends followed by, most probably, a long boring time sitting on the station floor and trying to read and not falling asleep..).

I certainly hope to not have missed the train ;-)

If I am on the train I should get to Bremen around 9 am and then be able to join the full seminar (other later trains from Utrecht would have delivered me there too late for the first session). On the other hand, I will probably be devastated! Good for the night I’ll be sleeping on the mats, with my precious IKEA blanket, actually defined as “throw” on IKEA catalog: yes, if you wonder I am taller than 170 cm, but since usually it is quite cold I assume a fetal (not fatal) position, to be warmer!

Anyway, as last year I am starting the Aikido in 2015 with Jorma followed by Marc in Norway next weekend.. Not bad at all!!

2014 Aikido seminars

9 01 2015

Wrap up of an year of travelling/training for Aikido:

17 – 19 January: Dusseldorf, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
24 – 26 January: Strømmen, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
15 – 16 February: Stockholm, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
7 – 9 March: Heggedal, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
15 – 16 March: Wasquehal, weekend seminar with Yasuno sensei
21 – 23 March: Vienna, weekend seminar with Shimizu sensei
5 – 6 April: Berlin, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
11 – 13 April: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
3 May: Amsterdam, one session with Tissier sensei
9 – 11 May: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
23 – 25 May: Stavanger, weekend seminar with Martucci sensei
14 – 15 June: Berlin, weekend seminar with Tissier sensei
28 – 31 August: Stavanger, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
6 September: Trondheim, one session with Jiri Novotny
8 – 12 October: Solo and Jakarta (Indonesia), seminar with Irie sensei
31 October – 2 November: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
28 – 30 November: Vienna, friendship seminar (instructed by various Endo sensei students)
12 – 14 December: Moscow, weekend seminar with Irie sensei

Not as bad as I feared and I manage to spend good time on the mats with both Jorma Lyly sensei (one of my favorite ever teachers from Vanadis dojo, Stockholm) and Irie sensei (Aikikai hombu dojo, Tokyo). Also I am happy to have finally met Marc Bachraty sensei.

Not that I feel much improved though, but I have got great motivations to keep walking the path!

On my way to Moscow!

10 12 2014

Last seminar of the year and last long trip for this year as well: from tomorrow I will be in Moscow for Irie sensei seminar. First time in Moscow for Aikido, (been there twice for work) but I have met several times lots of really good Russian aikidokas around Europe.

Early flight on Thursday, 7 am from Schipol, as for my previous trip to Norway for Kuribayashi sensei seminar, but instead of biking to the station before 4 am and taking an extremely early train to the airport, this time I will leave home late night tonight, and spend the night at Schipol airport. The main reason is the luggage, that I can’t carry on the bike and there are no buses so early in the morning to Utrecht station. Also I think it is the first time I spend a night at Schipol airport! Quite amazing it is still missing from my large list (I will publish it soon) of airports where I slept/spent a night on the floors.. :-) (and in one occasion with extremely sweet company that made the night shorter and warmer, for me at least).

Third time this year I manage to practice with Irie sensei: every time though I feel I am worse and I have much more to learn, but the chances to practice with him will remain limited for me. Unfortunately this will add some problems to my new year search of a new dojo, here in Utrecht or in Amsterdam, if finally I decide to go and live there. In Amsterdam I got more options of Aikido I do understand and enjoy better, than what it is offered here in Utrecht.

The time of this seminar is also quite good given that in the past few days my mind has been extremely busy and negative for different reasons. I can finally connect again to what I need and miss: good Aikido and much practice. Intensive practice. And it is great to see some good friend. A break from the “local” air (even if the thoughts are not so geographically local). And the cold temperature can help to freeze my poor brain so maybe it lasts longer! :-)

I am happy also to see again Moscow: now I have to decide if taking the medium good camera or just trust the mobile phone..

Given I still have to upload the pictures from Indonesia, many friends would think I am not interested in photography anymore..

Do not despair, have trust! It is just a.. busy period..

Have a great weekend all of you out there.. but I will post some from Moscow for sure.. if I will have some remnant energy after practice!!

PS – after this trip I will cut my hairs very short. About time but too cold for doing it before Moscow!!!

Pictures from Kuribayashi sensei seminar!

2 12 2014

Oslo Aikido club published a short report linked to some of the pictures taken during the seminar.

group picture

I am very happy that for once there are also pictures of me with sensei, not the after practice ones that I do not take anymore (more important for people from their own dojos, a sort of good advertisement).

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