Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
At the beginning of each training, we always start our practice with formal greeting. The ritual I so like; with traditional samurai spirit. Let me provide here more accurate description. We students and Sensei (teacher) line up, facing each other. Sensei sits at the front of the dojo. To Sensei's left, facing the middle of the dojo, are black belts, arranged from highest to lowest, with highest sitting closest to Sensei. If there is many black belts, the rest sit on Sensei's right hand side, in the same formation. The Kyus (school grades) sit facing Sensei below the black belts, lined across the dojo. They sit with the highest kyus (1., 2., 3.) on Sensei's left, going down in grades. During formal greeting, we repeat three Principles of Nanbudo (see below).
However, today there was only one black belt at the beginning and he was our Sensei; Fukushidoin since he has 1st Dan. Greeting is always done so, that chosen higher belt assists Sensei at the ritual. There are exact commands the assistant gives. Usually these commands are given by the highest black belt after the Sensei, or by the highest Kyu. The language is of course Japanese.
Moto no ichi - the assistant orders the group to line up
Today, I was given the honour to assist Sensei at the opening greeting. Duty I have never done before; it was very first time for me, deshi, 3rd kyu, green belt. Very good experience I so enjoyed. And yes, I did the assistance properly.
Nanbudo Mittsu no Chikara:
Yuki da (courage, pogum)
Shinnen da (conviction, prepričanje)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Memories. Making a resume of some past brings out various memories. Once I have found out those good memories start to hurt me if the present has turned different. Like if the present is dull, empty, bitter. In general I somehow cannot look back on something that once was good with sweet remembrance. The lack feels too big, the missing too strong. Remembering some good past cannot make my reality better. Such remembrance makes the present looking even more sad, oh my.
Changes. I have always had troubles with those. Well, not if the situation changes for better. If the situation turns better, I can remember bad things that have passed with no harm, thus thinking over my development. But if things turn different, for worse, more bitter, then... I just cannot recall all the good that has passed without feeling that sting in my heart. In this case, the gap between what once was and now does not exist anymore, that kind of a gap and all those memories burning within it... well, that hurts as hell.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Okay, now let's move to some bigger blah-blah one can get just everywhere in Slovenia. New year has started to shine whit the glow of Slovenian euro coins we in this country are now obliged to use. Yeah, now we seem to be a part of great Europe indeed. Whatever. But how do I feel this euro thingies? Perhaps it is too soon for me to judge about this change more seriously. Well, I have never been so very much attached to my own country. Still all of a sudden it feels kind of... strange. Interesting as well as odd. And yes, people are confused a bit. Also some guys with the stall in the middle of Ljubljana seem to be making huge business with the sell of those special euro wallets and, as they shout, cheap euro calculators.