Japan and Reality

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Digging into photos from October’s world tour, I realize a few things.

Unless I am at my mother’s table, the concentration of people I love is highest in Japan.

The excitement, challenge, opportunity, lifestyle outside of the city, cultural ethics, recognition of my best qualities, spirit, magic, and availability of inspiring teachers is highest in Japan. It feels like becoming a character in a video game, except it is my real life, my real friends, my real skills, and my real adventures.

Then I go home and, except for the glorious desert that feeds my soul, wonder why.

Then I get the pictures organized for the blog, see all the loved people and memories, feel bereft, and have to exercise my maturity *hard*.

For me, aikido is mostly spirit work these days.


Wilson by H. Sasaki

1,000 cuts

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Talking at a seminar, I suggested 1,000 cuts per day for a year as a transformative practice. I have a pretty detailed routine for the 1,000 cuts and folk were interested. I’ve finally recorded the 10 different cuts (100 each, changing direction and hands every 25, first 50 in place and last 50 moving forward and backward). I’m working on the editing and titles now. Hopefully posted soon.

Training in the heat

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You can literally fry an egg on the sidewalk. Dehydration can lead to marginal awareness, reduced reactions, and therefore injuries.


Train gently. Train in a cool place. Train at night.


I’ve heard research that thinking your way through a physical activity, even when physically still, improves physical performance.


Train in your head.