On the way to Trondheim!

8 01 2016

First seminar of the year even if I am not sure if I’m allowed to count it or not… since I will be the “teacher”.. With “” because as explained before I am just a student working on my path:

I posted about this seminar but I think (or maybe many think) it has been my ego talking there.. As a matter of fact I miss teaching, but not for letting my ego grow stronger (again?.. I know many think that..), but for having a chance to practice the Aikido I love, work on the mats with like-minded people and try to understand something that at seminars one has not always time to doing that. 

This is a chance to work both on the Aikido I practice in Amsterdam and the Aikido I manage to practice very seldom, ie. Irie shihan‘s Aikido. A chance to work a little on that and introduce it to my Norwegian friends, certainly something different (not better, not worse, just different, hoping to leave them with something to think about and maybe some curiosity to meet the source!). 

If people think it is my ego talking I am actually not so concern: I hope some of this people will be on the mats with me to try and experiment and see if some good feelings come out from the practice as well.. I can only repeat what I always say to people that call me teacher, as my Aiki-brother says:

So who am I? What do I want? Well, I am a student.

That is exactly what I am, what I have always been, and what I will be, independently where I will sit at the beginning of a class.. and I love it! 

 

dry kiwi and papaya

 
Sitting at the airport, eating some dry fruit in the best Chinese tradition (I mean, my Chinese life experience tradition!), feeling a little like when I was going to Hangzhou for teaching weekend seminars… and still working on my practice notes!

It’s going to be a good weekend!!





2015 Aikido seminars

1 01 2016

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

10 – 11 January: Bremen, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
17 – 18 January: Strømmen, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
6 – 8 February: Helsinki, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
9 – 15 February: Stockholm, week seminar with Endo sensei
12 – 15 March: Pècs & Budapest, seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
20 – 22 March: Vienna, weekend seminar with Shimizu sensei
28 – 29  March: Wasquehal, weekend seminar with Yasuno sensei
3 – 5 April: Sofia, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
10 – 12 April: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
17 – 19 April: Prague, weekend seminar with Nevelius sensei
5 – 8 May: Berlin, week seminar with Lyly sensei
23 – 25 May: Spiekerog, weekend seminar with ***** sensei, Muller sensei and Lyly sensei
6 – 7 June: Papendal, weekend seminar with Tissier sensei
27 – 28 June: Boskovice, weekend seminar with Mlynar sensei
2 – 5 July: Puchov, seminar with Endo sensei
20 – 25 July: Lillsved, Vanadis summer school
15 – 16 August: Duisburg, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
28 – 30 August: Stavanger, weekend seminar with bachraty sensei
4 – 6 September: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
12 – 13 September: Stockholm, weekend seminar with Yamashima sensei
12 – 13 October: Stockholm, weekend seminar with Noel sensei
16 – 18 October: Trondheim, 30 years anniversary seminar with Halen sensei, Olsen sensei & Lyly sensei
30 October – 1 November: Brussels, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
6 – 8 November: Heggedal, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
21 – 22 November: Bergen, weekend seminar with Olsen sensei
26 – 28 November: Moscow, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
5 December: Oslo, one last session with Sørensen sensei

…not too bad for an old man like me!!





Happy New Year, mofos!!

31 12 2015

 

Happy new year
sisters and brothers out there!!

..Did you never give a damn in the first place?

Selfie in LeidenUNRELATED COMMENT
I posted about a seminar I am going to teach in Trondheim at the beginning of the year but all considered, I think (or maybe many thinks) it has been my ego talking there.. As a matter of fact I miss teaching, but not for letting my ego grow stronger (again?.. I know many think that..), but for having a chance to practice the Aikido I love, work on the mats with like-minded people and try to understand something that at seminars one has not always time to doing that. Also there is an Aikido I manage to practice very seldom, Irie shihan‘s Aikido, and in this seminar I will have a chance to work a little on that and introduce it to my Norwegian friends, certainly something different (not better, not worse, just different, hoping to leave them with something to think about and maybe some curiosity to meet the source!). If people think it is my ego talking I am actually not so concern: I hope some of this people will be on the mats with me to try and experiment and see if some good feelings come out from the practice as well.. I can only repeat what I always say to people that call me teacher, as my Aiki-brother says:

So who am I? What do I want? Well, I am a student.

That is exactly what I am, what I have always been, and what I will be, independently where I will sit at the beginning of a class.. and I love it! So I want just study more soon in 2016!!

You cannot kill what you did not create





What a beginning of 2016!!

29 12 2015

Thanks to dear [Aikido] friends in Trondheim, I will teach for the first time a weekend seminar (even a paid seminar, even if the thought was scaring me..!)…

No, wait a second, it is not true!! The true part is that for the first time I will teach a weekend paid seminar, and this makes me indeed a little nervous, but in China I used to go at least once per month to Hangzhou (my dream city, the place where I should have moved to in 2013!) for weekend seminars, and quite demanding ones!!

Aikido

Aikido weekend in Hangzhou

Anyway, back to Europe, in the weekend 9-10 January I will be on the mats of Trondheim Aikido dojo practicing with some local old and new Aiki-friends, warming up for hopefully a good year and a little earlier kagami biraki, 鏡開き..

aikidude in Moscow

Seminar in Trondheim (click for info)

Given the common background with most people in Trondheim (as written in the Norwegian poster, Endo shihan, and the Swedish Vanadis “team” Nevelius – Lyly senseis have been both for my friends up there and myself a constant inspiration and help in Aikido growth!), I will actually work more in my most recent Aikido developments, or, better said, slight change of direction: the Aikido of Irie shihan and the practice I am having in Amsterdam Aikido dojo with Tom Dijkman sensei, a good student of Yasuno shihan.

I hope we can work together and have fun with some different Aikido from what they are used to, and I also hope maybe to stimulate some interest toward different teachers that also visit Europe.. so maybe I can get some good company when travelling to their seminars! Yeah, selfish as usual!! ;-)

But, the most important thing is that I hope they will be as happy as I will be to practice in Trondheim, or just to practice Aikido together!

For now, happy new year my friends! And see you soon!

PS The money is of course for the dojo or for a common use in pizza :-)





On the way to Seattle!

11 12 2015

Tomorrow morning I will fly to Seattle for one week work at our company head quarters: an unexpected business trip when I thought my traveling year had ended and the last weekends of 2015 would have been fully dedicated to Amsterdam!

But also the kind of offer I am happy to accept, for visit again our HQ and maybe a chance to see again some eagles!

And maybe, as well, visiting Aikido Seattle dojo!!

Let’s see, because it will be lots of work together with the American colleagues.. push hard so we can all enjoy a better end of the year!





My typical *bad* luck!!

24 11 2015

One year of Aikido and traveling activity with an incredible low amount of injures, and all minor ones.

One tough year, at both the physical and mental level: people close to me know that it has not been easy, especially mentally, for different reasons (mostly, I know, because of my stupid head creating its own problems!)..

One long year with several trips, nights in dojos and sleeping on different floors and madrases, and never had a problem.. not even suffering much snoring this year! Or much cold, even if I have been mostly sleeping off airport floors covered with an Ikea blanket (even shared it once, but that was last year, so it does not count!).

One sweaty year of great practice in several countries with tons of different people: advance, beginner, tough, solid, soft, hard, stiff, and more.. and still I have come back from most seminars without serious injures.

One flying year with quite a few major seminars/appointments with senseis I really like, moving toward the “gran finale” of this coming weekend, back to Moscow with Irie senseiRead the rest of this entry »





Magic Aiki-feelings!

10 11 2015

Thanks to Sigurd I finally got a very nice picture with the Aiki-wizard, Jorma Lyly sensei from Vanadis Aikido dojo in Stockholm, one of my favorite instructors and Aikido inspiration. The kind of teacher able to establish contact and connection even to.. stones! As I was when I met him!

Ikkyo Pin

The pictures are from the 20th yearly seminar organized by Sunyata Aikido in Heggedal, Norway and more exciting pictures are also available (hopefully public).

In every place where I have visited for longer periods, or started practicing in a stable way, Jorma is the teacher I always dream to bring for visits and then establish a new connection for him… and I have never managed… yet!

But since 2004, when I first met Endo sensei (8. dan Aikikai), Tissier sensei (7. dan Aikikai) and both Jorma Lyly and Jan Nevelius (both 6. dan Aikikai), teachers at Vanadis Aikido dojo in Stockholm, my Aikido has started taking consistency and changing along a path that has not only improved my technique but also my life.. at least it has given me a “tool” to handle the low moments of that above mentioned life!

Jorma has been one of the most important and stable teacher in my growth!

And I cannot forget to mention also Sunyata main teacher, Mouliko Halen, 7. dan Aikikai, an example of sharpness and cleanliness of Aikido movements.

The past weekend was the last time I meet Jorma this year so I take the chance to thank him for the patience with me, Sigurd for the picture and so many people I practiced together this year (and I still have a couple of seminars before closing 2015!) for the great time and help to deal with my “monsters”..

(at the end I did drop Jorma’s seminar in Cologne, a difficult choice, but wise!)

 








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