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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Adrian, Serge and Annalise, who passed their exam on Friday night.

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Exam Time

This is just a quick note to remind members of the dojo that there will be an exam next week. Please remember to show up with a (clean and ironed) gi and sparring gear. Good luck to the examinees!

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Weapons Night

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Multiclassing

January 31, 2010 Leave a comment

So, um, I was thinking last night about the characters I used to make for AD&D and thinking about how I always wanted to make a multiclass character and I don’t think I ever did. I also always wanted to take ambidexterity as an attribute, but I don’t think I ever did that either. It just took too damn long for the character to level up and get useful. Sure, when they do level up, multiclass characters are the characters behind whom everyone else hides, but I wanted instant gratification.

Today, while training sticks and bo in the parking lot behind work, I was thinking about how long it’s taking me to get the absolute most basic fundamentals of two-hand weapon work, and about how I’ve been told to pick up another weapon. I was thinking about how I’m struggling to keep the little I’ve learned from evaporating. I was thinking about how I typically train at least one extra out-of-dojo hour a week, but since I started to be OK with weapons, that number has been creeping closer to three hours.

It occurred to me while I was chanting temple-temple-forehead, temple-temple-knee that I’ve done in my life what I was always too impatient to do with my characters: I’ve multiclassed and taken ambidexterity. And it is taking a damn long time to get things to a point where I’m not afraid of dropping stuff on my feet or sticking myself in the side, but in the end, I think it’s gonna be worth it.

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Long Time

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s been a long time since I added anything new to the blog (sorry!), but now life has slowed down a bit, and I’m back to training, and I’ve been mining the internet for various and sundry scrumptious martial arts morsels, so brace yerselves. We’re back. Er, in just a minute.

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Ooh.

Martial Media is a blog with interesting survey of common martial arts and may be found here.

The site makes for excellent reading, particularly if you’re wondering what’s the difference between hapkido and aikido, jujitsu and judo, karate and kung fu. It’s also a great place to start if you’re thinking about getting into martial arts but don’t know the difference between a kwoon and a dojo.

All in English, all succinct and well written. A really nice resource.

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Quick Quote

This excerpt comes from Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams (ISBN 0553225103).

“I’m going to tell you something very few people know. I became a martial artist in spite of my limitations. You probably are not aware of it, but my right leg is almost one inch shorter than my left… and I wear contact lenses. Since childhood I have been near-sighted, which meant that when I wasn’t wearing glasses I had difficulty seeing an opponent when he wasn’t close up. Originally I studied wing chun because it is an ideal technique for close-in fighting… Instead of trying to do everything well, do those things perfectly of which you are capable.”

-Bruce Lee

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