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A little less than a happy high
Will he finish what he begins?
Thinking again about la Faugère's pedigree, I started looking at my own history in various martial pursuits. Far from demonstrating that I possess "the most serious mind," my timeline rather suggests that I've been a bit fickle and unfocused. The result has been the accumulation of a smattering of novice techniques. That, coupled with my advanced age and current squishy condition, I'm comfortable in saying that I would have my ass handed to me.

At any rate, from the "Who's Kidding Who??" files, I bring you my own pedigree.

Tae Kwon Do: I studied under an gentleman by the name of Dave Allard, but ended up moving out of state to attend university at about the same time that Dave found Jebus. The school has since been retooled as a place for "Aerobic Tae Kwon Do." Eesh.

Shotokan Karate: At school, I found my way to the Boston College Karate Club, but didn't make it past the first year because of a knee injury.

Yang Style Tai Chi: Eight-week class at the Boston Center for Adult Education with an instructor who "hadn't figured out how to use some of the maneuvers" and "hadn't been taught how by his sifu." I had the opportunity to continue, but didn't see the point in studying with a white-lighter who hadn't been trusted with basic applications for the techniques.

Sport fencing: Studied foil and some saber with the Boston Fencing Club (formerly of Watertown, MA). Have no idea why I stopped.

Judo: Tohoku Judo Club
Jujitsu: Boston YMCA
Tandem and brief studies that ended with a dislocated shoulder earned by listening to the advice of an "advanced beginner" on how to improve my falls.

Pak Hok Pai (White Crane Kung Fu): I went in for treatment of my shoulder and then started training. Actually reached the point where I was teaching beginner "classes" and then fled because of weird interpersonal dynamics with folks who eventually left the school themselves.

Incidentally, it's possible to say that I've been brewing beer for longer than I studied any of these styles.
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sinspired From: sinspired Date: October 5th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love you.
komos From: komos Date: October 5th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a little known version of Mushashi's Book of Five Rings that posits that "Void" in "Book of Void" should actually be translated as "Sake and Other Fermented Beverages That Certain To Knock You The &*^% Out."

It's very enlightening.
From: humandays Date: October 7th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)

spiralflames health update

greetings. you don't know me, but i'm a friend of spiralflames. she's been off lj for months, and i just talked to her on the phone and promised i'd let everyone on her friends list know, personally, how she was doing.

first, the bad news: her declining health of this year was due to undiagnosed ovarian cancer. it was finally properly diagnosed, and last week she had two tumors removed in an 11-hour operation, and one of them was gigantic.

the good news: the doctors feel that they got it all out, and with a course of chemo the prospects are bright.

now the fantastic news: spiralflames is beating all expectations with the rapidity of her recovery: within 2 days her blood chemistry was back to normal, and an expected stay of a week in ICU turned out to be one day.

she's kicking some serious ass. :)

if you'd like to send her a message of any kind, feel free to reply to this or to write me at foosi@comcast.net. if you need a phone number or address, write me and i'll get the info from her when i talk to her next. i'm sure she can use all the positive encouragement possible.

keep her in your thoughts. she's cherishing every minute of life right now and i'm sure she wants you to do the same.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: spiralflames health update

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. She's been missed, and I do hope that she makes the speediest recovery possible. Please pass on my best.

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