DAMN, but if there aren’t a ton of jerks out there. Seriously. Coworkers (or bosses), People you live near (neighbors, amiright?), in-laws, and family… And you. Yes. YOU are sometimes the asshole. Same with me. I *promise*. I have often, according to some people in my life on a daily basis, I am, in fact … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Aside
A short note, relating thoughts about facing an opponent who is stronger than you. Or simply bigger of frame. Or smaller, but faster.
I had another good session of kickboxing, drills followed by some sparring. Afterwards I was struck by how much I learn each time I spar. My own weaknesses (confidence in my punching, fear of taking blows to the head, feeling old…) and strengths (flexibility, heavy hands and legs, a certain delight in collecting scars and … Continue reading
A false equivilancy
Here you go: soaking in cold water is just like jiu jitsu! Well, that’s not precisely what the term false equivalency indicates, but it has been tossed around in the media and Fbook so much recently I thought I would give one a try. My experiences with these two forms of training do, however, hold similarities. Many of … Continue reading
Tribes and values.
The amount of time we spend focused on matters outside of our value system is staggering, when you think about it. I spent too long away from writing, and now what pours out is a diatribe on values and philosophy. But storms have been blowing, weather has been changing, the rental house needed repairs, and the Salmon … Continue reading
Old friends and short visits
I haven’t been back in the water in a few weeks as I wait for the jelly population to recede. I have tried the pool a few times and even connected with a local masters swim group. But intimidation got the best of me. They all appear so much stronger in the water than I … Continue reading
Thumos and the art of inspiration
Thumos, roughly translated, is Greek for a driving passion or energy. The Art of Manliness blog has a great introduction to the idea here. The overall idea is nothing new- we are told to “find our passion” in life and follow where it leads. It can take on an almost mystical quality, our search for … Continue reading