How Do You Feel Entering your Dojo Space?

It was a question on the Aikido Journal website as part of a sales promotion of posters of O'Sensei. Very nice posters that I am still considering, but the question is such a good one it deserves an answer.

When I am the first one there and I unlock the door and enter, it is quiet, the lights are out, the image of O'Sensei and Suenaka Sensei on the shomen dominates the room. The overall experience draws me in and it is a sense of the holiness of the place that always catches me.

Every class is a gift.


I Wouldn't Wear It

I wouldn't wear it, but it's funny.


Stranger kills Iowa father with single punch

If you are not law enforcement, the reality is that there are going to be times you cannot be armed with a firearm. What's your backup plan? Even if you are armed, a sudden attack from close range will result in you being struck before you can get the weapon out of the concealment holster. What's your backup plan?
A Des Moines father died after a single punch to the face during a bizarre encounter with a stranger Monday afternoon.
Ryan Thompson, 32, was talking with his fiancee outside their home in the 7300 block of Southwest 17th Street around 3 p.m. when a man driving a dark-colored Sedan stopped and approached them, according to police records.
"You owe me money," he said, and punched Thompson once on the side of the face, the report states. He then walked back to his car and drove away.
Thompson was dazed, but he made his way inside the home to wait for medics. Officers reported that he was speaking unintelligibly and slurring his words. The fiancee told police that Thompson was not intoxicated.
He died a day later at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.