Week 6 day 1

OK, I made it. I think I’m coming down with a cold but I made it to the gym. After the first couple exercises I felt warmed up and was able to work at an almost normal pace. Last night I attempted some jumping jacks to start my calisthenics a few times a week and…

Reflecting on the Esoteric Teachings of Professor Okazaki

After our Aikido class yesterday I had lunch with one of my Friends, Jim. We talked a bit about how we started in martial arts. I told him that my fist exposure was not in Aikido, but was in fact in Ju Jitsu when I was a kid, around the same age that my son…

Week 5 Day 3 – Wahooo!

Alrighty, then. It is the day after thanksgiving and I’ve completed Week 5 day 3. I’ve made it to hte gym 3 times a week for 5 weeks. I’ve added Aikido 3x a week for the last couple of weeks, and have gotten a walk in a few times a week as well. I think…

Week 5 day 2 – short and sweet

OK, I got to the gym today and went through the circuit. I was at about 80% capacity weight wise, taking care to rest my shoulder. The take away from today… I made it, I got back into my routine, and my goal of consistency is still being met. Yay me!

For my friend, Linda Eskin

Linda has been writing about Aikido and states that she is a beginner. She is new on the mat. I do not believe she’s been training longer than a year. She maintains a blog at http://www.grabmywrist.com and writes everyday. Aikido is lucky to have such an enthusiastic student. It is sometimes easy to get caught…

Week 5 day 1 – On persistence

Recently, Robert Nadeau Sensei did a series of seminars. The theme was “Don’t ask what you have to do to get ‘this’ done. Ask who you have to be.” I regret not going, however, I can do some thinking about this theme and take it to my own conclusions. There is a saying in T’ai…

Week 4 Day 3 – patience

Today I completed my last work out of my 4th week. I am seeing the benefits of being more consistent in my training. I keep on adding weight, even just a little at a time. I’m also managing to get back to the dojo a few times a week. Currently, my schedule looks something like:…

Week 4 day 2 – short but sweet

I finished week 4 day two. I didn’t want to go today but made myself. As it turns out I’m still gaining strength, and am able to add 5 lbs here and 10 lbs there on some machines while maintaining good steady technique. Onward to Week 4 day 3 on Friday!

The Silent Conversation of Birds

IMG_4613 Originally uploaded by markdeso I was watching two crows fly around a pond a few days ago. They both flew as if they were one. Keeping the same distance between them, they knew when to turn, whether they were going left or right, how far of an angle or how much of a curve…

Week 4 day 1 – secret of consistancy

I’m figuring out that the secret to consistancy is to simply be consistant. I see people at my gym that live there. I decided a few weeks ago that I can do 3 days a week, and that I will do that faithfully. Part of the reason I blog is to keep a running tab…