The traveling poet: “Cutting Sky”

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The highlight of my day: coming across a poet-for-hire GennaRose Nethercott at the District Hall anniversary celebration tonight…I showed her this photo of me playing with jo staff and sky, and in about 3 minutes or less, she typed up this free verse poem: Cutting Sky Take up your sword, felled from a tree which grew into the swelling earth. … Read More

Barefoot and rolling around in the grass

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It’s one of those sunny October days that feels like an early September day, doing keiko (Shintaido practice) outside, barefoot under a blue sky. It’s an old-timey practice, without sticks, doing some of the roots movements, going down on our knees, cutting our partner, rolling. To be honest, knee walking and rolling are not my favorites. More of a shorter, Japanese body … Read More

Playing with a weak little love beam…

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When I feel out of sorts, I take it to the stick. Run around the lake trails with the jo staff…practicing sword movement, sometimes till I’m exhausted, alternating with relaxation and breathing near the pond. That combination of active/relaxed makes an impression on my body that I can feel long after. I’ve been trying something new the last few days. After … Read More

An experiment: listening to trees

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After the Shintaido International 2012 event, I have a couple themes running in my mind: connecting (or unifying) with nature, and developing my own meaningful practices to do this. And, following the event, we had an nice informal keiko (practice) led by Clélie Dudon focusing on listening to our partners. There’s a jumping exercise we do in Shintaido (tachi jump), palm … Read More

Our first class: handling the boh

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Our first practice, by the lake, shade and breeze, on the longest day of the year.  Not a bad start!… Today we focused in our class on a few themes we’ll be visiting throughout the course: 1) handling the boh — what does it feel like? What momentum does it have? How do different bohs feel different?  2) using the … Read More