Knife Seminar on March 8th

Pasour Shihan is hosting a knife seminar at Aikido Arnis of Farmville on Sunday, March 8th from 1pm until 5pm or later. This event is open and I am inviting anyone that would like to see and experience Filipino style knife fighting to come and join us for the afternoon.

The cost is only $10, just to cover the travel cost of the visiting instructor. Directions to the dojo may be found here.

The Boys of Summer

The Boys of Summer is a book about baseball by Roger Kahn. In it, Mr. Kahn interviews George Shuba, a hitter that played in the 1950s for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mr. Kahn writes of spending an evening with Mr. Shuba drinking and talking baseball.

Mr. Shuba was talking about how, in the offseason, he would use a bat filled with lead to hit a knotted rope for practice. Then, years past retirement, he got up and demonstrated.
"The swing was beautiful, and grunting softly he whipped the bat into the clumped string. Level and swift, the bat parted the air and made a whining sound. Shuba swung again and again, controlled and terribly hard. It was the hardest swing I ever saw up close."
Mr. Kahn called him "a natural". Mr Shuba scoffed and showed him an old notebook filled with dates and Xs. Told him that during the off-season, every night,  he would take 600 swings with that bat. He made an X every sixty swings. Ten Xs meant he could stop for the night. 600 swings a night, 4,200 swings a week, 46,200 swings every off-season, for 15 years.




Ubi-waza


Finger techniques. I don't have video of Shihan, but this describes some of what last night's class was like.


It Takes A Long Time

Among the reasons not do something, learn a language, get a degree, lose 50 pounds, or whatever else you can think of, is the idea that it will just take too long.

Come to the dojo and try Aikido for three months and at the end of it there will be the feeling "I'll never learn this, it will take forever." It's not true. Aikido is learned incrementally and it will take years. Some things might take decades. So?


Saracen Archery

Archery at a level that must be seen to be believed.