2008 Kansai Year-End Tourney

On 23 December 2008, the Toyonaka Dojo hosted the 20th Kansai Region Year-End Tournament. There were a total of about 30 participants from Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe Gakuin University. Since this year’s National Championships were so late, we only had about two...

2008 Tokushima Training Day

This past weekend, I traveled to Tokushima for a one-day training camp and learned a few things. All together, there were almost twenty of us coming in from Tokyo, Kansai, and Hiroshima. Among these were a few people I hadn’t met before and a few I met at the...

2008 Ryuku Uni Taido Visit

I’ve lived in Japan for a few years now, and I’ve gotten to see and experience a lot of really cool things. I’ve practiced zazen at five hundred year old temples in Kyoto, admired Picasso ceramics at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, picked tea in the hills around Mt. Fuji,...

2008 Shakaijin Taikai

Every year, the Japan Taido Association hosts four national tournaments, one each for children, students, and adults, and the all-Japan championship. The Shakaijin Taikai is a tournament for “members of society,” which can be taken to mean adults. Basically, it...

2008 Tottori Training Camp

This past weekend, my dojo joined Taido students form several other prefectures in Tottori for some training and play. Tottori is a small costal city. It’s known for fishing, hot springs, and the sakyu (about which, more later). The local Taido scene is a small,...

2007 IFG/ETC

I recently returned to Atlanta from Leiden, Netherlands, site of the 2007 International Taido Friendship Games and European Taido Championships. The five-day event comprised two international tournaments and three days of seminars. There were also plenty of chances to...

2006 Tech Taido 10th Anniversary

Ten years isn’t an especially long time. It’s about long enough for a mere two billion tons of sediment to be eroded from the Grand Canyon – widening it just a few inches. Ten years ago, the internet was “new” (to most folks), mobile...

2006 Tokaido Regional Meet

This past weekend, I participated in the first ever Tokaido Regional Meet, and I had a great time (but I’m almost always having a great time). This tournament very much resembled the 2nd Kanagawa Meet I wrote about in February in a number of ways. First, it was...

2006 US Taido Summer Camp

Unless there’s a damn good reason not to (like our 30th Anniversary Tournament last year), American Taido hosts a yearly practice excursion sometime during the summer. We load up the cars, stock up on beer, and drive the entire school to the beach for three days...

2006 Tama Taikai

The annual Tama Taikai is a regional tournament held in Higashi-Kurume. Participants include much of West Tokyo and parts of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Yamanashi Prefectures. It’s one of the larger “local” events, and considered kind of a warm-up for...

2006 Sakura Matsuri Taikai

I love Hirosaki. It’s the place where I first thought to myself “you know, I should live in Japan someday”, and it’s also the place where I met possibly the greatest love of my life so far. Besides that, it’s just a beautiful town, and...

2006 Kanagawa Friendship Meet

March 2006 It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last weekend, I was in Australia for the second Asia Pacific Games. This past weekend, I joined the Yokohama team at the second annual Kanagawa friendship meet. As planned, it was a lot of fun, and we all enjoyed...

2006 Asia Pacific Games

that this was one hell of a good trip. it was packed full of practice and play, and there wasn’t a lot of down-time to spend digesting all that was going on. my memory of certain events may be slightly inaccurate, but i want to give you the gist of this year’s meet. a lot of good things went down, and a lot of good things will come from having more of this kind of event in the future.