Monday, December 16, 2013

On weekend modelling

Well, just a couple here.

More images here. Hope Martynka is OK after that freezing Sunday ;-)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A few from Paris...

Of course we did not go sightseeing. We went for a seminar. Still, it was not aikido only - we had some time to hang around. A few pics. Yeah, I know - boring... Postcards... Well, lets hope Indonesia will go better ;-)

More can be found here.

A few from Zurich

I did not have anyone to guide me through the city so this is all I got...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Family pic

Sunday, October 27, 2013

On touching the devil

Me and Bynio. Errr... Correction: Bynio and me ;-)

Etsuji Horii sensei looking at us with disgust in the background.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On age

This month it is 21 years since i started aikido.

Recent passing away of Murashige sensei made me question what this is all about.

I am in no way any good at this. But thanks to Piotr I was lucky enough to have been exposed to some truly amazing experiences, pinnacle of which was being one of the last uchi-deshi in San Diego dojo. And more and more I feel aikido is not about becoming kick-ass killa. Its about passing this fleeting, subtle feelings and impressions I collected over the years. Passing on to younger kids who were not lucky enough to have met TKC or Murashinge. Too bad I am so flawed and crappy at passing it on. Too bad I was too thick to gain more from exposure to really iconic and legendary teachers... I knew then that it was important for me, now it downs on me it was not for me at all, I was just the messenger. Now I begin to see the responsibility that came with it and I am afraid I am failing dramatically.

Oh well, after all - all I can do is try the best within my (admittedly) limited abilities...

Book recommendation

Neil Stephenson 'Cryptonomicon'

Really everything you can expect from a book. See, I read a lot. Really a lot. And only a few make impression. This one did.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

On sex, love and Sartre

I read Sartre when I was at the University, then I read all the other existentialists. And then I became a buddhist. And then, in last couple of years some things happened to me that i tried to make heads and tails out of any of these things like love, sex, relationship, truth, lies and so on.

I still consider myself a buddhist.

But recently I revised Existentialism, and while this one does not contradict Buddhism, it somehow focuses on smaller picture. It's like Newtonian physics is a subset of General Relativity. Or something like that.

Anyway - what I wanted to say is that whatever you do - you are alone in this. And all responsibility falls on you for whatever you do.

No, this is not a bad thing. Just let these scales fall off your eyes and stop blaming others or the world for your fuck-ups.

Oh yeah, right. How does sex and love fall into this? Well, to make long story short - these are just smoke and mirrors. Illusions and chess games. But - please - do your own research. Study, experience and draw your own conclusions. I do not want to give you easy answers. All I am saying - it is not as easy as it seems. Or better even - it's easier than you think.

And yes, Karmapa-chenno, motherfucker ;-)

On movie weekend

OK, so one by one.

Going postal - if you have not read Terry Pratchett's book - skip this one as you will miss half of the inside jokes. Very nicely done movie, but as mentioned - only for the genre fans.

Then there was World's End. Well, this one reminds me of From Dusk Till Dawn, where halfway through the move you actually realize you got the genre all wrong. My recommendation - do not read any recommendations, reviews or anything, just watch it. Hilarous!

And then there was After Earth, which, while still not bad, still was just mediocre. Oh, no, do not get me wrong. A good movie. Just... not in the same league as the first one here ;-)

Ugh... perhaps I am somehow biased towards Pratchett ;-)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

On my Beemer

What I like doing is... doing things my way.

When motorcycle has this funny suspension that exposes rear wheel... I like it when it is shown. Think here Ducati Monster, Honda VRF and big BMWs. All of these have this one-sided rear wheel arm that looks like... the wheel just hangs in the air. Me like it. Unfortunately in most cases this is obscured by exhaust muffler. My beemer had this:

See? Muffler hides the beautiful engineering here. So I removed it:

Now, this is what I like. Sound is not much louder, just a bit beefier, so I hope to get away with it. Whatcha think?

On story of my life

No, it's not about women.

It's about watches.

I wear pretty decent Omega (this one, to be exact). But once I found a watch i really like it has to cost arm and leg. Funny thing is I can see myself spending 10K US$ for this piece of jewellery. There is something liberating in spending outrageous amount of money for something you totally do not need. I am talking here about this:

I guess I will buy a fake copy next time I am in Bangkok, wear it for some time to see how it feels and then... Well, if I like it - you never know...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

On Italy

So well, Venice is a nice place to visit...

I am happy it's over. I'd prefer to live in the Dolomities ;-)

On biking

When I got my beemer a friend told me that I will fall down. I tried to argue and he clearly stated that it's not a question of if but a question of when. Well, here it is:

and after stitching:

Yup, rthe bike is OK ;-)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

On bad boys

On family...

Of course it's not full family, our infant terrible is not present...

Monday, August 5, 2013

On history

I just finished audiobook Area 51 - An Uncensored History Of Americas Top Secret Military Base. The book did not answer convincingly any of the big questions, but that is not the point.

What was funny is how often the author is wrong about the history of WW2. I mean... the same facts look so differently from the other side of the Atlantic. And we do have more facts here than they see from over there. This is interesting how the point from which you are viewing the situation affects your perception.

Reminds me a bit of how Bartek was raving about his Kenyan history teacher in Nairobi. All facts wrong. Wrong? Well, perhaps not, but skewed and distorted. This is fun for me to listen, but if this is what is being taught at the best school in Kenya...

Yeah, dont get me started...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Beemer

So I changed the steering bar, the old one was bent at the accident. I also got new front suspension (telelever) axle, the old one was broken. Will replace it on Sunday. Generally I love my bike, the R1150R.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

On hair

So there was this period of my life when I thought I was a martial artist. Well, generally an artist. So I grew long hair, I wore samurai ponytail and felt dope and cool. And then brutal reality touched me and I realized that I was no artist. I am nobody... And I remembered that brute force is not afraid of no technique. So I cut the damn hair. Screw all that...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

On Wak

As I was saying the other day... I needed wakizashi. So I got myself one.

So you might ask yourself why I would need a wakizashi. I was using my Bugei Bamboo Katana for several years, Daniel sensei would always say this is too heavy and too stiff with weird balance. So I got this 16th century sword by Fuyuhiro. Then I understood what Daniel sensei was saying. The sword is much better balanced, much lighter and blazing fast. But then I realized that this very fine sword is not well suited for indoor CQB. It is just too long. There always is a ceiling or doorframe or something that blocks your cuts as you defend yourself from the zombie invasion. And this is when wakizashi comes in handy, just because it is shorter.

Now I got this koto blade. In shirasaya, as you can see here. Very nice sori, very bade-heavy.

I think of having it mounted in aikuchi. Or I will just leave it in shirasaya. But I want to see how all of those shindo-munen ryu and muso-shinden ryu forms feel when using wakizashi... It's goimg to be fun.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

On my swords



I still want a wakizashi...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

That's my rifle, That's my wife...

Tool of trade: HK 416 with 10" barrel, Aimpoint Micro T1, Magpul RVG and, of course, Noveske KX3:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ouch

It seems like Piotr broke something in my wrist. I guess no pushups for some time. I hope the spring comes soon, at least I would go running...

Monday, January 7, 2013

On magical moments

I do not have a lot of those lately, but...
Tonight i got home pretty run down after aikido and in the twilight i opened the beer and started cleaning the sword while listening to the ubiquitous music... And I forgot what I had put in my playlist. And there was Jan Grabarek with his Officium Novum. I was blown away...
Small things sometimes make moments count...

Yup, I still miss her...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

On being old...

I just hate being old.
I was sitting in front of my computer on the floor on my foot and now my ankle has been sore for two days. I am OK with that, I get it. Then I was doing my daily workout and now my wrist hurts. I am fine with that, perhaps I pushed myself a bit too far.
But then I was putting on my shoes and something cracked in my back and the pain was like white hot iron rod was driven between vertebrae and I had a hard time walking down the stairs and getting into my Merc.
But do you get it? Aikido is fine, workout is fine, knife throwing is just perfect, all these crazy ninja stuff I can do no problem. It is the treacherous daily tasks that pose the biggest danger, like tying your laces or something... Expecting the unexpected and all that shit. I hate being old...