Power vs. Strength

Screen-Shot-2011-09-26-at-3.23.33-PMWhat is the difference between having power and having strength?

That the theme of yesterday’s training…

Power is the ability to affect change. You can have strength, but not power. When you have power, you have strength.

On another note, I was told by JW Sensei that speed and power are close, and are often found together, especially when in the actual movement.

Have I experienced this difference? Hell yes.

All the memories of “setting” came back – but also the awesome memories where speed wiped out ukes.

The One Lovely Blog Award – July 2014

lovely-blog-award-1The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines. I have these guidelines listed below.

First off, a big thank you to Susie Reece for the nomination and acknowledging how “lovely” my blog is.

The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  3. Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 Things About Me:

1.) I’ve been blogging since 2010. Through this journey I’m proud to say that my writing style has evolved numerous times and am looking forward to using this as a medium for my writing ability.

2.) Since graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I never have had a job that earns more than $12/hr (I will be 29 in October of this year). That and I’ve never had any “corporate” job that most of my peers currently have.

3.) One of the biggest goals that I have for myself ever since I was 9 years old is that I would be able to support myself financially, professionally, and emotionally. An aspiration that has gone unfulfilled for 20 years. I hope to be able to do so in the next year.

4.) Back in elementary school, boys either wanted to be a cop, firefighter, soldier, doctor, etc. I wanted to be an explorer. Well actually it was to be in the US Navy – but now I realize now it was less about being a military brat than it was to be an explorer – both in the metaphoric and literal sense. I remember wanting to be this when I was around 9 years old. Due to my upbringing I was never able to revive this persona until only just recently.

5.) I’ve been living with my parents and younger sister for the past 6 years (since moving back from LA). It has been a very educational experience both with understanding my upbringing, how I was raised,  and how my life has been for the past 20 years . I can honestly say – without a doubt –  that I now understand why my life has been the way it is. Saying that, I now know what kind of journey I will need to take if I want to live a fulfilling life. (see #4).

6.) I currently am a first degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. I’ve been training at my current school for 6 years now (coming in August). I got my black belt after 5.5 years of training – and that’s including the 8 month hiatus I took for my teaching program .  Honestly I wish I had found this earlier in my life. The lessons that I’ve learned along the way – lessons about life in general are irreplaceable in my current journey through my life.

7.) I’ve been seeing a therapist for roughly the same amount of time I’ve been training in Aikido. The initial reasons for me seeking her was that I was unable to keep a job for more than a few months time. Now the reasons have expanded through all facets of my life. Though this journey was not without its own hangups, I appreciate her presence in my life where there was no one like her to begin with. Along with Aikido, I can not imagine where I’d be and who I’d be if it wasn’t for these two things in my life.

Thank you again Susie for nominating me!

I don’t read too many blogs out there (much like books in my life). However, here are 10 blogs that I feel are worth reading given their tone of voice and their subject matter.

1. ) Big WOWO . You can find the direct site here. When I first started using this blog, this was one of the first sites I visited. Bryan does a great job as one of the best balanced perspectives on Asian American activism and the “going-ons” in the community.

2.) Ben Efsaneyim – Experiencing America as an Asian Man. Like Bryan, Ben focuses on the Asian-American community and the struggles that have affected the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, etc. communities in the United States. However, his speciality is the issues surrounding (the lack of) Asian American male masculinity and how it often is a hot topic among Westerners. As an American born Chinese I often relate to what he writes about.

3.) Flo Li Blog - Patent awarding winning scientist turned Aikidoist. We’ve been in touch since the days that I started blogging and there are times where her view on things contrast sharply with my own – and that I feel is the “fun” of our online friendship.

4.) Addicted 2 Success (A2S) – Probably the site I visit the most in the past 8 months. Great source of inspiration and “what the heck” moments. Joel is an inspiration in what he does as well as in his own personal journey.

5.) Marc & Angel – In line with what Joel from A2S does, this husband-and-wife team has a “knock on the head” vibe to them that at the same time gives life a much needed kick in the head when it comes to positive inspiration.

6.) A Opinionated Man – This no-holds-barrel blogger has the wit of Socrates and the mouth of George Carlin masquerading as a Soju lover. It also helps that he has 33K followers.

7.) His Dark Side – This pair are hermits, but their devotion to Wing Chun Kung Fu and the true path are equal to none. Get to know your dark side

8.) Cook Ding’s Kitchen – Come on over for some Tai Chi Dumplings and Kung Fu chicken as this man’s kitchen is always putting out concoctions of Chinese martial arts and philosophy – with a liberal dash of Eastern philosophy on the side.

9.) Martial Arts Addict - This Viet girl rocks more martial arts than most men. As the name implies, her world is anything martial arts related.

10.)  Munhwa Experience - His description says cartoons on Karate, Kungfu, and the silly. He’s also Australian. So win-win.

Again thank you to Susie Reece for the recommendation, and I wish my friends good luck for the future.

5 Things I noticed from Fasting

Credit: The Art of Manliness
Credit: The Art of Manliness
  1. ) Starting out was easy, maintaining the willpower to follow through on anything is the hard part.
  2. ) (Back when I was working) This on-off fasting is great when doing office work. Think about it, you’re sitting on your ass anyway for 6-8 hours a day – much longer than it is healthy for anyone. You might as well cut down the amount of calories that you’d be consuming some way!
  3. )You focus on getting water more often! This also starves off hunger – albeit only a little bit. But in the past 4 weeks I really didn’t have a water issue for those days.
  4. ) During the days of the fast I really did feel more focused. Focused on whatever things or issues that I had during those days. It could have something to do with the next point. But in general I do feel more focused.
  5. ) I noticed that my “here and now” was noticeably better. In Aikido, we’ve been trained in a way to get “present” – to be so open and loose that we are in the moment – where things just happen as they are and that there is no interference from ourselves. I noticed that during these times of fasting that the ability to get to this mode was easier. It may not have anything to do with me not having any food for 12 hours straight, but it was just an observation.

Martial arts + Life

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