11 30 2013


I added this journal feature that I’m using right now.


Trying to get back into the habit of doing the Secret Smile. I think I just have to modify the procedure to make it a little easier for myself.


Started doing pull-ups using just one arm on each side, it’s much harder this way. Hopefully I can get to the point of doing a true one armed pull-up eventually.


Made a breakthrough today. It seems like I can do all the forms much more correctly if I focus on Dr. Morris’s tip that “God loves an upright man. The key thing that I must do is keep my spine straight while working on everything else I have to do. It seems to be helping my kamae and tsuki.

Daria helped me practice omote gyaku and I had her increase resistance and then I wasn’t able to affect her as well, so that was good. Means I still have a lot of work to do on it. But I have been making solid improvements in it.

Major breakthrough now, a bit later. So the arm goes up when you go into ko-ichimonji because it is acting as a counter balance that allows you to stop when you get to the center. That’s the secret to all of the crisp snapping into place that my teachers are able to do, they can do it because they stop it with a counter balance. The key and feeling to taijutsu is to always be in balance, thus the limbs go where they go in order to maintain balance, and the strikes and everything become very natural. In order to remain balanced when dropping low, the arm shoots up.


Doing that right now.

Feeling a little bit existentially lost right now. I’m really interested in getting involved with space exploration companies, but it doesn’t seem like I have the skills necessary yet. Another way of looking at it is that they aren’t operating at a scale where they need a lot of software engineers above the systems level yet. Once there are a lot more competing space companies I’m sure it will reach that point.