On the road again..

10 03 2015

My trip to Stockholm was cancelled, but tonight I will be on the road to Hungary for 2 events (Pécs and Budapest) with Kuribayashi sensei, one of my favorite teachers, since the first time I met him at hombu dojo in 2008, when with a nice group of “Norwegian” aikidokas we were on the way to Tanabe.

A couple (more than 2!) of people will not leave my mind, but they never do. I will miss them and always hope they were with me, but it’s part of life…

Tonight I will test Budapest airport, certainly hoping it will be open during the night! Tomorrow morning train to Pécs where I have rented an accommodation through Air bnb, also for the first time!

Lots of first time things for my first visit of Hungary, and it will be mostly Aikido.. but I certainly will plan maybe a summer visit of Budapest!

Also, last but not least, I have never kissed a Hungarian girl.. hope in this first time as well ;-)

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I want to fly to Stockholm!

5 03 2015

Looking forward to my first Aikido weekend of a long series that will take me to different European locations. Without practice in the weekdays, the seminars have been the only way to release some of both mental and physical stress I am accumulating on every day basis. For different reasons.

BUT…

yesterday already, while chatting with the organizer of Marc Bachraty seminar in Uppsala, Sweden (my weekend target), he told me about a huge pilot strike in Norwegian airlines!

Today news are not nice.. the flight to Stockholm I want to take tomorrow has been cancelled! Still good info for tomorrow, but yesterday all today flights were green!

Let’s see tomorrow, try to be positive (not that easy for me) and try to spread good feelings to the world, and be repaid with a great weekend seminar with Marc sensei!

 





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:

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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:

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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!








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