Archive for the 'Martial Arts' Category

Aikido Bokken Kata 1-5

Sunday, October 16th, 2005 | 15:02

For my own reference. It’s hard to do a clean step-by-step table, mainly because some actions are combined. Some vocabulary can be found here. Kata 1 (attacker wins) # Attacker Defender 1 From chudan, … Continue reading »

Itai and Gearoid, Ikkyu and Gokyu

Friday, September 30th, 2005 | 15:07

I was in New York earlier this week to help uke for promotion tests at my old dojo, with Itai testing for ikkyu and Gearoid (who I hadn’t met before) … Continue reading »

Cross-hand Sacrifice Throw

Friday, May 27th, 2005 | 06:37

I was thrown in an interesting way during light pre-class randori with one of the blackbelts last evening: While fighting for grip, tori grabs uke’s right sleeve with his right hand … Continue reading »

Gokyu (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 | 14:40

The weather was the nicest it’s been in months, so last night’s judo attendance was low. Besides me, the instructor and an older black belt were the only ones … Continue reading »

Judo Gokyu

Friday, March 18th, 2005 | 09:19

I’ve gotten my papers for a judo gokyu test (green belt; there’s no yellow belt). Interesting, there’s a written section where I have to describe the slogans, principles, etc., … Continue reading »


Wednesday, February 16th, 2005 | 16:18

I got a clean throw off against a resisting brown belt during randori last night! The instructor was actually standing right there with his stopwatch and pointed it out. … Continue reading »

Minor skin loss

Saturday, February 12th, 2005 | 18:37

Bizarrely, in the space of a week, I’ve lost a little bit of skin at each of the places I get my exercise, all in consectutive sessions. In the … Continue reading »

Oberlin Aikido

Monday, January 31st, 2005 | 14:13

January is Winter Term at Oberlin College, the interstitial between the proper Fall and Spring terms, for students to have three weeks for non-standard coursework or independent projects. Oberlin … Continue reading »

Judo Randori Notes

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005 | 06:06

Some notes from last night’s judo class, before I forget (as if I remember anything during randori anyway), to address my problems of entering when uke is bigger, heavier and … Continue reading »

Mid East Cudell Judo

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004 | 19:12

The aiki-waza didn’t work at all during judo randori, beyond amusing the main instructor. Same for my lame attempt at getting a joint lock on the arm he was … Continue reading »