Ahhh Trondheim!

13 11 2016
winter is coming

warmth & memories

The warmth in my very cold room..

Trondheim, miss this home very often!!

norwegian sunset...

dramatic Norwegian sunset…





Unfit

13 10 2016

Last week I had to stop practice after the first hour and it was a bit annoying: I have a couple of physical problems that are carrying longer than expected, and a few too many thoughts on my mind, that are also not helping.

During a first hour of several beginner techniques, working especially on ikkyo and with no throws at all, I had to compensate a lot a problem with one knee that is forcing me to avoid as well all suwariwaza work. That is boring, but last year, more or less in the same period I had the same problem, that went away with some rest..

hope... for something better....

hope… for something better….

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Soon a new week

25 09 2016

…but for now I enjoy the tired body and little aches post another great aikido seminar in Hannover, with Jorma Lyly, the aiki-wizard I missed so much in China…

tai no tenkan, aiki-wizard and aiki-brother

Jorma, Svein and the big bunch of aikido friends here in Europe that I could not meet and practice with when in China are among the reasons that make me not to regret the choice to come back…

sunset in Hannover

Many aikido weekends in the next few months toward the end of the year, therefore many chances to work on myself and my demons.

Live in the present, its my new goal and challenge. Keep the memories but not hold on them as my life depended on that..

Like a bokken or an aikido partner, stronger you hold less sensitive you become to the contact, to the changes, to everything else besides your own little self..

aiki brothers





Values & Time, Water & Teflon

19 09 2016

It is the time to say goodbye to shoes I had bought for 14.90 € thinking that if they lasted 3 months it would have been a good investment.

A long road

They lasted about 18 months, they have walked me all around Europe, in Japan, I’m Indonesia and in Vietnam.

I have learnt to give value to everything and everyone independently by the time things and people are around. Because this time can be short.

I have had 3 relevant relationships in my life of which the longest lasted about 3 years “on paper” but in reality maybe less than 3 months and the best most spontaneous and natural part has been the first 3 hours.. I valued most of the time with her and looking back I regret I did not enjoy more. But I have no other regrets. Read the rest of this entry »





Norwegian Airlines nightmare!

29 08 2016

I spent the past weekend in Amsterdam, having a good time thanks the local friends, but unfortunately I missed an awaited seminar in Stavanger because of a chain of unfortunate events..

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we apologies for the delay and any inconvenience

… that is what the captain of my Friday afternoon flight to Oslo by Norwegian Airlines kept repeating from about 15 minutes past the scheduled time of departure until the moment all the passengers were disembarked and taken to the departure hall by buses..

What else could we do besides accepting, trying to smile or joke, and be led around like sheep without any kind of control or power of decision? Read the rest of this entry »





Holidays are over!

19 08 2016

Holidays, as in the Dutch “summer” days without Aikido trips! In a way I took holidays from my practice trips (keeping a couple of weekly Aikido sessions in Amsterdam though).

Best way to start the new season is of course with the aiki-wizard, Jorma Lyly sensei, and a trip to Germany, Duisburg, after really a long time I did not go to the neighbor land.

taking ukemi for Jorma Lyly sensei

I had time this summer to practice and explore a little as teacher also in Amsterdam dojo: the Aikido I used to follow (Endo sensei Aikido) and see how it can fit with the Aikido I try to improve now (Irie sensei, and Tom sensei teachings, with the two schools Tissier-Yasuno).

My research in Aikido (and in myself) is far from being over and I am actually quite happy that the Aikido travels start again, since I also miss a lot the people that help me in the task to find my way, and understand myself.. or try at least.

I’m soon getting on the train to Germany (not flying of course) but I got positive inspiring feelings from the shot below..

Flying in the sunset

..and I miss writing in this blog even if it has lost a lot its initial purpose.. but I am not stop dreaming of Asia, and of Aikido and of.. else!

Have a great weekend folks!





My baby is home

22 05 2016

After 6 years and a couple of months I could hold again my baby, and it gave me goosebumps:

my dragonfly iaito


For some time we lost contact and even she seemed lost, but then my dear friend Bob found the case and other bits of my Iaido past:

scabbards and iaito kit


Holding her in my hands was fantastic and I can only dream the time I can “dance” with her again… It requires some good weather for going outside.. therefore, being in the Netherlands, lots of prayers!

But she is home, and that is important!