I've been getting antsy lately about the ocean. Like Albert Finney in Big Fish, I feel like I'm starting to "dry out" - I've been out of the water for too long. Last Thursday, I went surfing for the first time in years. It got me thinking about the last time I was out sailing - which has also been a few years. If you click on this text, you'll see a short video from a few years ago aboard a Newport 30 a couple miles off the coast of Long beach
I remember teaching meditation and weapons training at OC Aikikai - years ago. One day, we had a visit from a guest instructor at the dojo who was also a high rank Kendoka. He asked if I did any sparring with swords. I said, "sure". There were some padded type shinai so we used those. One of my students filmed some of the sparring. Click on this text to see that film footage.
Awara is 6'4" and about 360 lbs when he went up against the redman. I told everyone - NO PUNCHES! OPEN HAND STRIKES ONLY!!! Awara did not listen. He broke the knuckle of his right hand index finger.
When I was an Officer at L.A. COUNTY METRO, we had great training. I was digging through some old pics and found these. The first is of my partner and I going into full-contact "redman" scenario training. Alot of the officers were frightened by this - they were told that Redman scenario training teaches you how to respond when "you're losing a fight". They would PT the hell out of us until we were gassed out - then have us take on the biggest guy they could cram into the "redman" armor. I was smiling the whole time - some...
For about 15 years, I've been practicing bike touring as exercise, cheap/low impact camping and even "prepping/survival training". I see it as an extension of martial arts/self-defense training (which has been the "ikigai" of my life since 1976). You might see some information about my recent bike tours here from time to time. Lately, I've been doing "day trips" to Seal Beach - about a 40 mile round trip. With a fully loaded bike, it's enough to get the sweat going for sure.