Battles With Boredom

November 30, 2011

Book Review: Living the Martial Way

Filed under: Aikido,Books,Evolution,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:56 pm

Earlier this year, my best friend recommended I read Living the Martial Way : A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think, by Forrest E. Morgan. Later this year, another friend gave me a copy as a present for passing my nidan test, so I had no excuse not to read it. (more…)

August 21, 2011

Nidan

Filed under: Aikido,Evolution,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:49 pm

This weekend I attained a goal I set for myself sometime between 15 and 20 years ago, namely, second degree black belt (nidan) in aikido. I set this as a goal for myself during a conversation with my first aikido sensei, who said that most people, in his experience, who quit aikido did so after reaching shodan (first degree black belt). So I figured setting my sights beyond that would be a good target. (more…)

March 20, 2011

Shadows of the Samurai

Filed under: Aikido,Entertainment — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:29 pm

Today I visited the Fleming Museum to see the exhibit “Shadows of the Samurai.” The pieces on display include full suits of samurai (侍) armor, katana (long swords), yari (spear), and yumi (bows), as well as other pieces including a tea set and theater masks. (more…)

November 26, 2010

Welcome to Aracaju!

Filed under: Aikido,Brazil,Travel — Peter Nikolaidis @ 5:33 pm

I’ve been in Aracaju for the last two days. Last night I went to an aikido class. The training was very different from what I am used to. Much more rigid, more like how I remember judo class than most aikido classes I’ve attended. Regardless of the differences, I focused on my own body and how best to respond to my partner’s movements, and it was enjoyable. Afterwards, I went out for acai, a sorbet made from berries grown in the Amazon region (see below for a picture), with two of the aikidoka from class and we spoke at length of my travels and what brought me here.

Today, after a tour of my current hosts’ (very impressive, large, and modern) eye surgery facility, I took a trip around the city, which they arranged for me (causing me again to pause to appreciate the extreme generosity of all of my hosts to date). More pictures of the trip are below. I had a definite Tim Ferriss moment when my guide informed me that when it is hot, she gets tasty. (Actual intended statement? She gets “sweaty.”)

November 19, 2010

Capoeira in Cuiaba

Filed under: Aikido,Brazil,Health & Fitness,Travel — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:34 am

In his continued battle with the Empire of Boredom, Peter attends a capoeira class in Cuiaba, MT, Brazil. (more…)

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