My introduction to martial arts occurred relatively late in life. Initially I trained in the Scandinavian system Stav but due to the distance from where I lived to the classes it meant regular training was not possible. A chance remark saw me becoming involved in Japanese Jiu Jitsu. It was an instant love affair! I seemed to spend more evenings on the mat than off. I was fortunate to have some wonderful instructors and training partners.
But in 2013 I moved and this meant I was unable to continue training full time – history was repeating itself. By this stage I was very much hooked on Japanese martial arts, so I took up Aikido. In 2014 I spent ten weeks working in California. During that time I trained four to five times a week in Aikido with Aikido of Monterey, which provided me with a chance to practice some basic boken and jo-staff techniques.
In October 2014 I resumed my Jitsu studies, while also maintaining my Aikido. Life is never straight forward and in March 2016 I suffered a back injury (unrelated to martial arts!) which currently curtails my heavier training. Undetered I have taken up classical Japanese Swordmanship.
I practice Jitsu, Aikido and swordwork because I enjoy them. The day this ceases to be is the day I hang up my gi and stay off the mat.
Purpose of this blog
This blog is a record of various thoughts I have related to training. I post links to it from my Google Plus page. This allows me to:
- Engage with people who have more experience than myself (which is probably most martial art people!) and learn from them, and
- Find other people who, like myself, have become passionate about their chosen martial art.
I am not claiming to be an expert in any of the views I offer, and I am more than welcome to have my thoughts challenged. Due to a high level of spam I keep comments closed on the blog itself, but please feel free to come over to Google Plus and join some of the martial art communities on there.
Updated October 2016