Saturday, August 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Not a lot has happened on the month (or more) since I've posted anything. I've been working much more than I care to (6-7 days a week...) and most of my free time has been spent relaxing and sleeping. I did, however, make my return to aikido and I couldn't be happier. It is definitely a way of life for me (cliche, I know) and if I don't go for a while it starts invading my thoughts.
I had ordered a black martial arts gi to be the base for my Sith costume for the Calgary Expo and it had finally arrived. I am currently in the proces of breaking it in (who wants a new starchy gi top anyway?) and the best way to do that is to sweat in it. A lot. And wash it numerous times. Unfortunately the black gi would not be appropriate or acceptable at aikido so I have been doing a lot of exercising at home while wearing it.
Most of that exercising has been from an e-book by a local fitness enthusiast and her gruelling workouts will have you swearing up a storm and sweating your ass off. Not only that, but you will have weak arms and Jell-O legs afterwards. Another large part of breaking this gi in has been sword work. Luckily I have a limited basic knowledge of sword work because of aikido and have been making a few hundred cuts here at home. Currently my arms are extremely sore, but I plan to keep up with it both as general exercise and for fun.
Sword work actually works for another reason. Cosplay. In September I went to the Edmonton Expo as a Jedi. In April I am going down to Calgary as a Sith. The main weapon of choice for both Jedi and Sith is the Lightsaber. As Obi Wan once told Luke: "This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a Blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age." Unfortunately my lightsaber doesn't have enough weight to build up a good sweat while swinging it around, so I have been using my bokken (wooden sword). Bit going through swings and katas with my bokken and then using my lightsaber, I can almost feel like I am a Jedi (or Sith) practicing form and precision.
Unfortunately I won't have a new lightsaber for Calgary so I will be using my current one, I just won't turn it on (the blade is blue, which is not a Sith colour..) and it'll just be a belt hanger. At some point in the near future though I will be getting a new Sith appropriate lightsaber and I can't wait!
Interested in the e-book? You can find it HERE
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Last week I briefly mentioned that I practice a martial art by the name of Aikido. This week I was hoping to touch upon some of what aikido is.
Aikido is what would be known as a 'gendai budo' which essentially means 'modern martial way'. Why is it a modern art? Well aikido was developed mainly during the 1920s and 1930s by Morihei Ueshiba (O sensei) and went through a couple of iterations before becoming the aikido that is mainly practiced today. In the early days aikido was a bit more physical, but after WWII aikido became gentler and more philosophical. That isn't saying that aikido lost all physicality. It is a martial art, but how we practice (at least in my dojo) is more principle based. Unfortunately I'm not going to get into the principles of aikido here (a little research if interested is beneficial).
I have always been interested in martial arts and finally decided one fateful day (almost 4 years ago now) that I was going to finally practice an art. But which one to take? I looked up a myriad of martial arts, taking into account location (there was no point in looking for an art that was only based in, say, Quebec and me living in Alberta) and trying to find one that resonated with me and fit my personality. Aikido is the one that fit the bill and so I went to watch a class, then tried a couple of classes and I was hooked. I signed up for classes and haven't looked back!
I have one regular at work that really does seem interested in martial arts, but I think his big interest is in watching UFC fights and wanting to "kick someone's ass" (exact quote) and I find that a tad bit disturbing. To me, that is not what a martial art is for. It isn't the main purpose of a martial art, but I think movies and the popularity of MMA shows and, let's be honest, western culture as a whole has misconstrued the meaning of a martial art.
I apologize if this post seems a bit preachy. That isn't my intent at all, but I hope you found it interesting. I'm going to leave with a link to an article that I wrote for one of my assignments and was posted up on the Abundant Peace website for the benefit of others in my aikido community. You can find the article here.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
That's where I'm at right now. It's a new year. It's as cold as a night on Hoth outside (it is Canada after all). And while I'm here inside I would love to be making healthier food options to eat. Unfortunately it seems like I just don't want to do the work. To be fair, it's not the cooking that bothers me. I've spent many years in a commercial kitchen. I know my way around some food. For me it is the dreaded clean up that causes the loss of will. And it is so much easier to dig through the cupboard to find a pack of ramen.
My general well being hasn't been what I would like it to be since August really. I had to postpone aikido due to a wrist injury and when that was all good fate conspired against me to create more problems to keep my from the dojo, though I have been continuing on with yoga once a week through my aikido absence. And even though my job as a bartender keeps me on my feet all shift long, I've been feeling that I need more from myself to keep me healthy and fit. It's time for a return to aikido.
But I think I'm going to make an effort to eat better and cook at home. I'm going to see if I can save some money and make some better choices for myself. It just takes some motivation and consistency. And I think I'm going to try.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Why give it a try, you might ask? Well, to be honest, for no real reason in particular. I guess I could use it as a way to siphon off some creative energy that I have. Or I may be able to generate awe inspiring ideas from writing about them every now and then. Or I could just use it to randomly write about whatever comes to mind or what interests me. I suppose that would be how I came up with the 'Distracted' bit in the blog title.
And why 'The Distracted Jedi'? Well, if there is anything I'm known for it is my love for Star Wars and superheroes and other dorkish interests. And really, when you boil it down Star Wars is what remains. And as much as I would love to say that Han Solo is the Star Wars character that I most resemble personality wise, in all actuality Obi Wan Kenobi would be my Star Wars alter-ego. And so the 'Distracted Jedi' was born.
But Star Wars won't be all that's found here. Oh no, sir/ma'am. This will be a haven for all things dork related that strikes my fancy. Again, hence the 'Distracted' bit.
But enough about me! Feel free to leave a comment below about yourself. I'm curious about the people reading and what interests you have!
May the Force be with you!!