Well, I realize its been a while since I last wrote anything, but sometimes life has a way of getting so busy there just isn’t enough time to do everything one wants to. And contrary to those who think I burned myself out writing so much so quickly, I would love to have the ability to write every day. That said, I do tend to cycle through my interests, abandoning one for another.
However like I said some big projects at work, other obligations, and a very nice trip to Disneyland sometimes get in the way of normal activities.
Then there are also the times when I suffer through bouts of writer’s block, which I find very frustrating, since thinking of topics isn’t any problem. There are lots of things I want to write about, I just can’t seem to find the right words.
I also tend to research things I’m writing about to death, which of course just complicates the writing process. I start off with a specific idea, look for “facts” to justify my stance, and in the process come up with to many other things to think about, which more often than not distract me from my original goal.
This of course leads to my attempt to do several essays at once, often resulting in none of them getting done at all, or at least completed in a timely manner.
One day I may learn to disciple myself better, but for now I just have to accept that that is just the way that I am, and deal with it as best as I can.
Clearly, since I last posted many things of interest have come to my attention, and many of them are worth discussing, either because they have merit, are humorous, or because they expose the more “deceitful” side of the martial arts world.
However, some of these issues need to be discussed with tact, which means I have to sit back and wait until my initial reaction is over, and I can approach what I want to say in a more rational/prudent manner. Not that I won’t express what I feel, I just won’t express it as I would in my school among my students who know me. Not that that always makes a difference.
Case in point: there is a George Dillman video that is circulating around the Internet where he claims to be able to knock people out without touching them, or through barriers. PLEASE !!!!! These are the things that just make me want to scream.
Of course I’m fully aware this topic has been discussed to death on the Internet already, and while I’m not going to discuss this matter today, all I can say for now is: Why, Dillman? Why?
On a more uplifting note I found two very interesting books, (neither of which I’ve had time to read yet), which look promising. If nothing else they cover topics most people are not familiar with, and that I’ve had very limited exposure to, which make these books all the more interesting to me.
While I only had a chance to glance through them at the book store, and haven’t received them from Amazon.com yet, I know I’m looking forward to reading them, and learning more about the history of these systems, especially the book on Lua, which I’ve I had some casual training in, but know very little about the art in general.
Of course what I’m really hoping for is that the book on Lua discusses some aspects of hakihaki (bone-breaking), and aalolo (pressure points), two elements of Lua I’ve heard a lot about, discussed with those that claim to practice/teach Lua, but haven’t witnessed first hand.
Of course when I’m done reading these books I’ll write a full review.
Lastly, while searching through my mother’s photo albums for a photo project I was doing for her, (and there are dozens of very large ones) I found several old pictures which I will also eventually add to the “blog.” An embarrassing thought in some cases to be sure. Of course I won’t be embarrassed alone since I fully intend on posting some of my kids in their Ninja/Ninja Turtle days, as well as some photos from the early years of the school.
Well, I won’t guarantee I’ll write daily at this point, but I promise it won’t be as long between posts from now on. Unless of course more work projects are added to my list, which I unfortunately have no control over.