Friday, July 25, 2014

Dokkōdō-The Way to Go Forth Alone

Dokkōdō – The Way to Go Forth Alone

  This was a set of precepts written by Miyamoto Musashi the week before he died.  It was a guideline for having a stringent, honest, and simple life. I have studied  Musashi on and off for a while, and have only just come across this. It is always good to be to be surprised in research.

  Every martial artist should read this. You can pick and choose what you like about them. I don’t agree with all of them, but there is wisdom in there.

1. Accept everything the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself, and deep of the world
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or lore.
11. In all things have no preference.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of food.
14. Do not hold onto possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary belief.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice weapons beyond what is useful.\
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either good or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the Gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body, but you must preserve your honor.
21. Never stray from the way.

- Miyamoto Musashi

Friday, July 18, 2014

Martial Arts and the Idea of Self

  I recently quit my job, and moved to Nashville, TN with no job prospect.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll find one now that I'm here.  This is something my family wanted to do for three years, so we finally just did it.  On the last day of my work I felt really upset in a sad way.  I know I'll keep in contact with co-workers that I'm friends with, so that wasn't the cause of my upsetness.  It took me a while of inward looking to figure it out.  Because I had worked at that school for 11 years, it was part of my self image.  I was leaving my dojo that I'd been at for more than 13 years.  I was loosing that part of my self image.  I was loosing parts of myself that I had been working hard to establish who I am.
Replace "Soccer Team" with Martial Arts
  This can be a good thing.  I now have the opportunity to re-invent my self.  I have many options open to me and my martial art.  I can study a new system of aikido or jujutsu like I had been studying, or I can study something completely new.  I've been interested in some of the Chinese arts like Taiji or Bagua recently.  Or I could even establish my own dojo in Chendokan Aikido.  I've been teaching long enough that I know I can do that part of it.  And that's the job of martial arts in a general sense: to tear down your self image, and rebuild it as you see fit.  So I guess I'm just doing what martial arts has taught me to do in the first place.  I'll have to work on rebuilding my self image.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Episode XIV: A Fish Called Podcast Shownotes

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Recorded: Friday June 13th, 2014


Intro:  Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

Tony's Birthday today
Plinio's Birthday (Last Tuesday)

Discussion Topic: Character Development through the Martial Arts

Indian director plans movie on Buddhist Patriarch Bodhidharma

  Anti-smog Kung Fu

Male faces 'buttressed against punches' by evolution

Martial arts black belt Miss Nevada is new Miss USA

Interlude Music: Fish On by Primus

Interview with Bill Herndon of Piranha Gear
Bob White
Ed Parker
Kenpo Aikido
Bob Simmons
Roy Suenaka
Tai Chi
Koga Aikido
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)
Shotokan (Karate)
Olympic Fencing
Two Handed Sword
One Handed Sword
Lord of the Rings
Game of Thrones
Three Musketeers
(Ginchin) Funakoshi
Aztec Sword (Macuahuitl)
Duncan MacLeod 
Bartitsu/Sherlock Holmes
Piranha Gear
Everyday Zen
Gift of Fear
  Gavin DeBecker
Loren Christensen
Seven Samurai
Enter the Dragon
(The) Last Samurai
The Matrix

This Week in Martial Arts: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Premiered July 6th, 7th, and 13th
  Chow Yun-Fat
  Michelle Yeoh
  Ziyi Zhang
  Pei-Pei Cheng/Jade Fox
    Come Drink with Me (Trailer)
  Ang Lee

  Crane-Iron Pentology by Wang Dulu

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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

Friday, July 11, 2014

Martial Thoughts Episode XIII-Podcast the 13th Shownotes

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Recorded: 6/6/2014

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Intro:  Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

  Hosts for Today: Jaredd, Rick, and Plinio  
  Clementine Orange
Discussion Topic: Martial Arts Bucket List
  The Bucket List (Trailer)
  Morgan Freeman
  Jack Nicholson
  Yabusame (Video)
  Green Arrow
    Boxing Glove Arrow
  BCC BC (Broward College)
  Shaolin Temple
  36th Chamber
  Master Killer
  Aiki Shrine (in Iwama)
  Hombu Dojo
  Musashi's Cave
  Sekigahara Battlefield
  Tokyo National Museum
  Japanese Sword Museum
  The Smithsonian Chanel
  The Graves of the 47 Ronin
  Sensei (Larry) Reynosa
  (Steven) Seagal
  Chuck Norris
  (Jackie) Chan
  (Jet) Lee
  Donnie Yen
  Sammo Hung
  Jim Kelly
  300 (Trailer)
  Oakeshott Sword Institute
  Shaw Brother Studios
  Come Drink with Me (Trailer)
  (Mitsunari) Kanai Sensei
  (Grand) Celestial Do
  Machete Fighting Sport
  Game of Death
  Kareem (Abdul-Jabar)
  Don "The Dragon" Wilson
  The Royal Armory at Leeds
  Emperor Meiji
  Henry VIII
  Dr. (Moses) Powell
  Fushu Daiko
  Benny "The Jet"
  Opie and Anthony
  Jim Norton
  Howard Davis Jr.
  Sugar Ray Leonard
  Inflatable Sumo Suit
  Budo: The Art of Killing
  Deadliest Warrior (Video)
  Roman Gladius
  47 Ronin
  Western Martial Arts HEMA
  Seven Samurai
  Rob Roy (Final Fight Scene)
    Liam Nieson
  Vanilla Ice
  DIY Vanilla Ice
  Vanilla Ice Goes Amish

MMA Fighter Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury in Detroit Lakes Bout
Bruce Lee Biopic "Birth of a Dragon"
  George Nolfi
    The Adjustment Bureau
    Ocean's Twelve
    The Bourne Ultimatum
  Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Trailer)
    Jason Scott Lee
  Christopher Wilkinson
  Steven Rivele

Interlude Music: Acid Rain by Dream Theater

Interview: Sifu Javier Fernandez
  Shotokan (Karate)
  Kyokushinkai (karate)
  Celso Davila
  Jeet Kun Do/Jun Fan
  Dan Inosanto
  Eddie Pagan
  Gary Lam
  Carlos Lopez
  Semai do Karate
  Phil Chenique of Atemi Ryu
  Professor Arturo (Morera)
  Master (Sam Hing Fai) Chan
  Wan Kam Leung
    Seminar Information
  Ng Mui
  Ip Man
  Sanuces ryu Jujutsu
  Chendokan Aikido
  Ip Man (Movie)
  Ip Man 2
  The Grandmaster
  Moses Powell Memorial Seminar
Interlude Music: Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

This Week in Martial Arts: Sho Kosugi born June 17th, 1948
  Shindo jinen ryu
  Enter the Ninja
  Revenge of the Ninja
  Ninja III: The Domination
  Ninja Assassin
  Blind Fury
    Rutger Hauer
  The Godfather II
  The Scorpion King
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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna