Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31 2007

You have got to be kidding me

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    You know that moment in honbu when you get your picture taken and it doesn’t turn out well because you didn’t have the flash on, then the person who was nice enough to take that shakey handed picture asks you to take one but doesn’t turn off his flash.  The best is when you have that stupid look on your face trying to convey the message that this is not my camera.  Ya well that was the end to a great Noguchi sensei class.  Here’s my blurry picture.

Noguchi sensei and I

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Oct 30 2007

A technique by the GrandMaster

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I got to feel a technique preformed by the grandmaster.  The level of control that he has is unbelievable.  I like to think that I have trained with some of the best practitioners this art has to offer but I will tell you without a doubt that the techniques of Hatsumi Sensei are on a completely different level.  I don’t know what else to say.

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Oct 29 2007

Kyoto Trip

Published by under Sight Seeing

For anyone who has been to Japan but has not visited Kyoto, spend one day extra and go. It is worth the trip. The eiga mura (a small town within Kyoto where they shoot movies) is a blast. Beyond that the Golden pavilion temple is fantastic to see. Alice and I had lots of fun there though her frail constitution is falling victim to some type of illness. Nothing serious I think but she is going to hang out by the hotel tomorrow and do shopping just in case. I will be training hopefully three times tomorrow.

Now I will end with a self indulgent picture (the images section has been updated).

Anton under a waterfall

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Oct 28 2007

Sunday Training

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    Just a quick mention on the three classes I attended today.

First up was Nagato Sensei’s class.  There was much emphasis on distance for safety.  How to move at the correct distance to keep safe.  Three Kukishin Katas were done but I can only remember that tatsumaki was one of them.  You  know punch, punch, kick punch.  Anyhow I will show you what we did because Taijutsu can not be explained in words right?

Next up was Sensei’s class.  I was told that my technique was good.  For those of you who have trained with sensei, you know that comment is not necessarily good.  I think next time I am told that by a Japanese instructor I will apologize.  There was lots to be said about the way that you are to attack while doing kata.  I have to be careful in my training, not enough time is spent on attacking to win.  A uke’s we often go through the motions of throwing out a punch and not offering any type of realism when attacking.  The other side of this is not helping your partner at all.  You must start compliant and move to a point of resistance by building on success slowly.  For the most part I have noticed as Uke’s we know only resitance or compliance not the broad middle.

Rob’s training was last.  If you have questions ask those who have seen him.

Visiting Kyoto tomorrow with Alice.  Then Tuesday back to training 3 times that day, I hope.

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Oct 28 2007

Ueno Koen and Rocking Hard

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Went to Ueno park yesterday with Alice. The zoo to be precise. First let me tell you that the cost of 600 yen (approximately $5 Canadian) was a steal. It had all manner of Animal there. There was a downside, there was a typhoon going through Japan while we were there. It was raining like crazy so the zoo did not have a lot of people there. We braved the rain and wind and enjoyed ourselves somewhat. I updated the pictures with a few from my collection (photoshop’ed again for Intuit). I will have to get the pictures from the other camera to give a more full felling on the day.

After the zoo, we were going to go to a live music event, but because of delayed trains due to high winds, we ended up just going to the Hard Rock Cafe Ueno station Tokyo and then to Karaoke. When in Japan do as the Japanese do am I right?

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Oct 26 2007

Japan Day 1

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Arrived in Japan. Plane touched down at 5:25 PM Tokyo time. got through customs by 5:55 PM, fastest I have ever done. I am thinking because we went through Minneapolis/St.Paul many people were going on to further destinations and thus no trouble for us.

Arrived at Kashiwa by 7:35 PM and could have made class if I just took my bags and went to Abiko, after 20 hours of travel I thought against it. I did manage to stop in and see Toki-san at one of my favorite restaurants in Japan. You will see why soon. Dropped of some Maple syrup, happened to bump into Rob R on the train back from Noda, let Alice get some rest as I hit on some women at the Hub. A full day, tomorrow Ueno Koen. (Excuse me do you know the way to Bueno?)

Added some images, kept them small for Intuit bandwidth.

Tokiwa's Sashimi

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Oct 19 2007

Site Redesign

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    Nope not this site.  The main club site has been redone.  The design sucks but let me tell you the code is great.  It is built to be built upon with each component being a isolated for easy alteration.  Oh and pictures, done in a way that unless you train at the club you don’t know who anyone is.  Check it out at http://jihinokokoro.ca.

Now I have to focus on closing up my responsibilities in Canada so that my trip to Japan will be worry free.  Less than a week now till Japanton round 5.

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Oct 16 2007

Brad back on the floor

Published by under Other Stuff,Seminars

Attended a Kevin Millis seminar over the weekend.  There was lots of good information shared at that seminar.   The highlight though was Brad V. back on the floor.  As many readers know the head instructor of the club across town suffered an injury which left him unable to teach.  He is now at a point that although he can not stand, he is able to preform some of the seated techniques from shinden fudo ryu.  It was great to see.  I eagerly await his full recovery and know that the feeling is the same with all Budo practitioners in Edmonton.  Brad your Fudo Shin is an example to us all.

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Oct 04 2007

Workout Intervention

Published by under Other Stuff,Training at Home

Recently I have become a regular at the Workout Room at my workplace.  I have missed the last week and a half due to a cold and the recent seminar.  Yesterday I had a co-worker stage an intervention that went something like this…

Hey Anton, we haven’t seen you in the Gym for a couple days.  We are starting to get worried, starting to think that you are slacking.  I am here to stage an intervention.

I explained the situation to him and it seemed passable but I am expected to be there on Monday during lunch.  For those who were wondering why I said I was “the victim of an intervention” on my various digital contact mediums  that is the reason.

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Oct 04 2007

Sapporo or Kyoto

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As some of you know and the rest of you are about to find out, I am bringing my sister to Japan with me. She will only be staying 10 days so my training will suffer, but not so much that I will harbor resentment until my next trip.

That said I now have an excuse to travel in Japan a little bit. I will be getting a Shinkansen pass (Japan Rail Pass), the only question is with this unlimited JR travel ticket where will I visit. Kyoto would be nice because of the history and scenery but an 11hr train ride would get me to Sapporo where they make Beer. There are also Tanookis (Racoon Dogs) there I believe. Now I will see Tanookis when I visit the Zoo in Ueno Koen but still, seeing Raccoon Dogs in the wild an appealing thought.

When all is said and done I think it will be Kyoto which wins out. It’s about 2 hours away by train and there is plenty to do. That said I have not traveled with my sister for years so I don’t know what types of things she wants to see. The only goal that she has right now is a picture next to Hatsumi Sensei to add to her “Me beside famous people” photo album. Doug W, Rob R I am counting on you both.

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