Saturday, August 24, 2019

String Theory

Think of uke (your attacker) as a taut thread.  Pull too harshly, and your connection to them will break, releasing them to repress their attack.  Push them, and you will become entangled.  But draw on them properly, and you can lead them anywhere.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Congratulations on Testing and a Welcoming a Visitor!

Congratulations to Tim Seitz (now 6th kyu) and Elizabeth Mahoney (now 5th kyu) on their successful tests tonight.  We had a great turn out for class to cheer them on and uke for them.  As an extra special treat, we had a visitor, Dillon, from our sister dojo in Seattle!  It's always great to work with students from other dojos.

Thanks to all who came out and to Tim and Elizabeth for their continued commitment to their practice.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Do: Look up and out. Greet the world. Exude relaxed confidence. Be your height. Smile.

Avoid: Looking down. Hiding your face in your phone. Projecting vulnerability. Slouching or hunched shoulders. Looking distant.

Self defense starts with not being an attractive target. You may not be feeling great everyday, but when out and about, don't show it. Channel your inner Master Thespian (search SNL archives for Jon Lovitz). As a side effect, smiling actually induces changes in the brain that will make you feel happier!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Finished Products

It's tempting when looking at a master of their craft to think what an incredible talent and see their ability as unattainable. But what we see is the finished product rather than the toil and trials of learning. It's also amusing to think that if you stepped inside the mind of the master you'd find an incredible amount of self-doubt and self-scrutiny regarding the quality of their work. What sets the master apart is the choice to be better than they were.