|My Current Journal with Dojo Sticker|
On a side note, in one of the comments, though in support of journals, Shawn Howard said "...I know what my instructors would say: instead of writing about my techniques, katas etc... I
should be practicing them." I would respond with a hearty agreement. However, if we make martial arts only about the physical, we loose all the mental, spiritual, and historical goodness that combines to make martial arts. A journal is a good place to keep those other aspects. Those are the reasons most of us do martial arts in the first place. The second thing, is I in no way have any affiliation with any of the brands or websites listed below, except through my own experiences as a customer. Now on to the column...
If you are reading this column, the idea of writing a martial arts journal has already piqued your interest. Now that you think this is a good idea, you may be wondering "how do I start one." The following is just some advice. Everything in your journal is
ultimately for you, and you can pick and choose what you like and don't like. What you want to do, and don't want to do. It is all just suggestions. Whatever works for you, works for you.
Step 1: The Journal
|3.5" x 5.5" Journal|
papers organized. That being said, there are a bunch of options for you. Here are some things to consider in what you want.
First is the size. There are couple of common sizes that would work well for a martial arts journal, but each has its advantages and disadvantages. The first size is 3.5x5.5 (inches for those from
|Interior of my journal 8.5"x5"|
paper. There is absolutely no ghosting from the backs. The binding also tends to increase the cost. Some are just constructed better than others. I went a step farther, and purchased a leather book cover from
|My Lamy Safari Al-Star|
This step isn't crucial, but I think it is important. If you make writing in your journal a special process, you're more likely to enjoy the writing, and continue doing it. I've started using fountain pens, and now I can't stop. It makes everything I write feel special, no matter what it actually is. Plus, I can change the ink color every couple of days to any color I can image. Fountain pens just give a little bit of class to the feel of the writing. If you're interested in using a fountain pen, again I suggest Goulet Pens. I use Lamy Safari, which is an affordable version. You don't have to use a fountain pen, some people prefer ball point, or gel pens, but I would suggest using a pen that has a special feel to it. This is your martial arts journey, might as well make it look nice as you go.
Now that you've got your supplies, next time I go over some tips and examples of writing for a continuous and joyful experience.