Zoom with Ito Sensei: Requiem

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In this time of Covid-19, one of the unexpected positive outcomes is that I can now meet with an international community of Shintaido practitioners nearly on a moments notice from my living room. Today Ito Sensei led the 2nd in his series of the form Taimyo Kata, with a theme “Requiem”, in rememberence of the 75th Anniversary of the atomic … Read More

Fire Sword Duel

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Suddenly I was doing fire swords with Dave C., after safety training from Jessie J., and years of practice with the staff. The body can heal from flame.

Lineup of sticks

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It feels good to care for sticks. They feel good in your hands, and help keep you healthy. (Who knows, maybe they’ll add a few years to my life?) So, a couple times a year, I oil them, to shine them up and keep them from getting dry with splinters. I’m happy to see the sticks.

You Enter the Sword

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Part of my morning routine at Mann’s Pond — an exercise where you imagine you are entering the sword/staff, then the staff entering you (hoshi otoshi in Shintaido). In beautiful nature, you are entering the world, the world is entering you.

Dedicating a Practice to Joe Zawieski

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I’ve been thinking of our instructor and friend Joe, a couple years after his death now. This morning when I practiced Diamond 8 Cut, I dedicated that practice, those swings of the wooden sword, to him. To dedicate the movements drew me to a deeper level, reaching up into the blue sky, looking for some change or transformation. I found … Read More

Haiku 6/15/20

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I forgot the brush — reach to the wide open sky / with an empty hand (Notes: I actually had forgotten my staff, which I often use to cut or brush across the sky as I run through woods and open trails. As I ran from a leafy shaded area around a corner that opens to the sky, I was … Read More

Moments of ease…

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These are such crazy times…coronavirus, killing of George Floyd, protests, tear gassing for a needless photo op. And so on. But still to find moments of ease…Yesterday running with a stick at Moosehill Farm, something I’d never felt…each cut with the staff felt relaxing, warm, pleasant in my body. To find delight in simple movement through the world around me…