2016 aikido seminars

31 01 2017

Wrap up of an year of travelling/training for Aikido (a little late)

15 – 17 January: Strømmen, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
22 – 24 January: Dusseldorf, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
20 – 21 February: Jakarta, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
12 – 13 March: Ho Chi Minh, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
15 – 17 April: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
22 – 24 April: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
14 May: Stockholm, “Female Touch” day seminar @ Vanadis
20 – 23 May: Stavanger, weekend seminar with Kingston sensei (Dayto Ryu Aikijutsu)
11 – 12 June: Prague, weekend seminar with Noel sensei
19 August: Duisburg, one session with Ruben sensei
20 – 21 August: Duisburg, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei (bokken seminar)
2 – 4 September: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
18 September: Amsterdam, one session with Dijkman sensei (ukemi seminar)
21 September: Amsterdam, one session with Yamashima sensei
23 – 25 September: Hannover, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
14 – 16 October: Bratislava, weekend seminar with Ariga sensei
21 – 23 October: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
12 November: Trondheim, one session with Nevelius sensei
18 – 20 November: Heggedal, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
25 – 27 November: Vienna, weekend seminar with Endo sensei

…and to add to all this serious and top level seminars, I had a short one myself:

9 – 10 January: Trondheim, weekend seminar with aikidude 🙂

Less weekend seminars than in 2015, but more practice altogether with 2 great periods in Asia (Japan+Vietnam and Indonesia).

A great time on the road anyway…

Untitled A long road

…and 2017 has already started in full speed and great time..





2015 wrap up

8 01 2016

A few thoughts about last year. At some point I updated my commitment:

2015 Resolutions – updates:

  • learn something new
  • get passionate again about about something positive, constructive (..else than Aikido, reading, taking pictures and travelling – specified since in 2014 apparently I got passionate about.. rejections! Got worse this week, indeed)
  • stop doing always the same mistakes, especially with people! 向前走,莫回头! (got close again, but maybe I managed to be a little adult this time!)
  • work for my 3.dan in Aikido (when ever it might be) and work on my Aikido in general! (since I have realized I got not so much else to spend time for)
  • reach 75 kg reach 72kg: the path to this target has started already! I have been almost steadily around +/- 75Kg. in the past few months, so it is time to raise the bar!

…and failed!

I closed the year around 78 kg: not bad, but remaining at 75 kg is also a challenge especially if I do not practice every day and I have some more parties than expected!

Aikido is a difficult topic: I practiced a lot, almost as much as I could (I dropped maybe a couple of possible seminars) and I am feeling a slight push to “confirm” my level woth examination. But if I have no motivation in grading for Dutch federation, even liking Tissier sensei style: dan grading for me is a sort of tribute to the sensei I am following, to show him that I want to practice his Aikido. And right now this is impossible (Dutch federation would not grant me the possibility to grade out of Dutch territory: understandable, maybe, it was, for someone.. not open to discussion though).

For the rest, it is like I have never written those resolutions. Next year, maybe. In particular, for the mistake part, last night I got confirmed I had made a big one with some new Aikido friend. Sometimes I should shut up and get out of my own head. To be remembered. All it’s part of the learning and growth. Mistakes made with interesting people are probably a better teaching. Fate wants maybe that I take this as learning of something new for the year?

2015 Prediction:

  • I will travel a lot
  • there will be some changes
  • if I do not achieve the majority of those resolutions I will go nuts!!!

I changed house; I did travel a lot, mainly/only for Aikido, and a little for work; I did not manage to make real the majority of resolutions, therefore I am nuts.. On the other I have been going nuts for some time anyway.. it has not been an easy year.. again! My fault..

Let’s see 2016.. where I will be more realist I suppose!





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!!





2014 of words

20 01 2015

A not bad English section in Utrecht library was what I needed for my various trips (the 1 hour or so bus to and from work as a start):

  • Robin Blake – A Dark Anatomy
  • John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
  • Brian W. Aldiss – Super State: A Novel of a Future Europe
  • Chuck Palahniuk – Damned
  • Mark Peterson – A Place of Blood and Bone
  • John Wyndham – Plan for Chaos
  • David Moody – Autums
  • Alastair Reynolds – Terminal World
  • Stephen King – Duma Key
  • Gary R. Hammond – The Cloud
  • Yukio MishimaForbidden Colours
  • Frank Devlin – Love in All the Wrong Places
  • Alastair Reynolds – The Prefect
  • Alan Dunn – Ice Cold
  • Alastair Reynolds – Galactic North
  • Richard Matheson – A Stir of Echoes
  • John J. Niven – The Second Coming
  • Chuck Palahniuk – Tell All
  • Joe Haldeman – The Accidental Time Machine
  • Gao Xingjian – Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather
  • Xinran (Xuē Xīnrán) – Sky Burial
  • Various – The many faces of Van Helsing
  • Rachel Tresize – Sixteen Shades of Crazy
  • Justin Richards – The Death Collector
  • Harry Harrison – Make Room! Make Room!
  • Stephen King – Doctor Sleep

For the first time I have emphasized a couple of books worth extra mention..





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!





2014 wrap up

9 01 2015

After failing to achieve the easiest resolutions, last year I had decided to keep it very easy & short for 2014:

2014 Resolutions:

  • learn something new
  • get passionate again about something (..else than Aikido, reading, taking pictures and travelling)

2014 Prediction:

  • if I do not achieve both those resolutions I will go nuts!!!

..and right now I wonder if I have gone nuts!

Of course, the main question is how nuts I was already at the starting point (01/01/2014)? So, respect to that, am I more or equally nuts? I do believe I am just a little more nuts because the year brought the expected but anyway painful break-up from a person that has been my special one for more than 3 years. Actually she did broke up with me twice in few months, changed her mind, got back, and then just be sure, tried other “possibilities” before the final cut of the relationship.. better safe than sorry, they say, right?

I have definitively learnt (re-learnt) something “new” (almost forgotten): the pain at being betrayed, more than just being left by a girl.

Together with this, during 2014 I have certainly learnt a lot work related stuff: medical devices in general, service and internal audit procedure of compliance to medical ISO. Interesting or not, it is all good for the CV! 🙂

The second point is maybe more difficult: I have to think deeply. I certainly enjoyed Bali and Indonesia, the new people met there and the people I already knew, but this actually includes all the stuff in the “else than” part!

When I wrote that I had music in mind and my eternal struggle to learn to play guitar: an instrument I always loved, also an effective way to catch interest and attentions from girls around (probably actually even related to my broken relationship..). Anyway, nothing happened there. I still do not have a guitar and the few times I thought about it, I was sent back to reality by many other thoughts about my living and working situations.

In a way I got passionate about as metal band, Slipknot (several of the video posted with lyrics are by them) and I had even planned to go to a concert, but I have been cheated when I tried to buy the tickets (losing 200 euro to some big mofo that I could only wish to put my hands on…).

I might concede I got passionate about rejections: not only rejected by girls, I have also been “rejected” by the Aikido club where I practiced about 1 year in Utrecht. Different directions that I did not manage to make converge. It actually applies to both girls and Aikido misshapen.

I did not specify to be passionate about something positive, constructive for my life 😉 but I will, for this year resolutions!





2014 in review

30 12 2014

It has not been a great blogging year for me, I increased the drafts more than the posts, and in general the year has been less than shiny in other personal aspects, where I have increased the sorrows instead of the happy moments..

2015, I do not want to expect anything, it is better, as I have to learn to expect sh*t from people, the only way to avoid to be disappointed…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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