Returning to the Dojo

One missed class can easily become three. Three classes becomes a month. Then six. Then a year. And then there’s a day when you open your cupboard and there is your gi, hanging up and gathering dust. Waiting. (And silently judging you.)

Hojo Undo 101: Chishi

A number of people look at martial artists and think, ‘do you even lift, bro?’ Actually, yes, we do lift, bro. We lift asymmetrical weights and grip things and punch objects of high resistance (ie: planks of wood). Hoju undo is supplementary training, designed to improve the physique through simple, repetitive weight and resistance training. Correct…

Beloved Dojo

It is with great sadness that I announce the closure of a dojo very, very dear to my heart. Goju Ryu at Rhodes University is where I met my dearest friends and learned a great deal about who I am, and what it is that I’m capable of. We travelled together, we partied together, and…

Something I wrote a while ago…

Here’s a piece I wrote after a particularly rough training session at Aikido. I thought it might be a good start to the blog. *** Of course its not fucking easy. Of course there’s pain. Your arm gets wrenched like a stubborn anchor from rocks, your head snaps back too fast, you hit the ground…