Aikido

Outdoor Aikido brings out the women and girls? 

As martial arts go, Aikido isn’t bad for numbers of women and girls. But still, I often think, we could do better. Usually in a given night in the dojo there’s twenty people training, and three or four of us are women.  Something happened that was interesting the other night though. The gender ratio was… Continue reading Outdoor Aikido brings out the women and girls? 

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Life lessons from aikido (Guest post)

Huge aha! moment last week at aikido. We have a brand new student who’s only been coming to classes for a couple of weeks, and at a class last week he did the warm-up and then stepped off the mat and joined me where I was sitting, watching class. He asked me in halting English (he’s Korean)… Continue reading Life lessons from aikido (Guest post)

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Why I Love Aikido (Guest Post)

I was standing watching the children’s class, waiting for my adult aikido class to begin, when I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was my aikido sensei (teacher). “I saw your name in the paper.” I winced. The organization that I work for had recently had some bad press. I handle PR for the… Continue reading Why I Love Aikido (Guest Post)

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I walk 20K steps a day… and I’m getting rid of my Fitbit (Guest Post)

Sam’s recent dilemma about whether or not to replace her Fitbit (and Tracy’s two cents about the whole issue of performance tracking devices) got me thinking about my own Fitbit. Like Sam’s, mine was falling apart, although the app was still syncing well with the device. Here’s the thought process I’ve gone through. I originally… Continue reading I walk 20K steps a day… and I’m getting rid of my Fitbit (Guest Post)

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How martial arts have changed me. (Results may vary.) (Guest post)

I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. Maybe it’s the impending New Year, maybe it’s that a dear friend has just died, maybe it’s that a family member has recently had a life-threatening health scare, maybe it’s that the most recent chapter of my life has been one of huge changes – including my… Continue reading How martial arts have changed me. (Results may vary.) (Guest post)

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Thriving after double mastectomy for breast cancer without breast reconstruction (Guest post)

Sam recently forwarded this New York Times article to me, about the increasing numbers of women who are choosing to “live flat” after mastectomy, forgoing the reconstructive surgery that would give them artificial breasts. I’ve talked here and here about my own choice to live flat after a double mastectomy for breast cancer, and I… Continue reading Thriving after double mastectomy for breast cancer without breast reconstruction (Guest post)

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Being okay with what is (Guest post)

In a recent post (What if this is a good as it gets?), Sam mused about whether or not to quit aikido, or continue training – possibly forever as a green belt (4th kyu). I read the post with great interest, because I’ve recently struggled with the exact same dilemma, and I was curious to… Continue reading Being okay with what is (Guest post)

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The solution to my long-term insomnia: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  So…  After years of insomnia and half-hearted attempts at dealing with it, what finally worked for me? CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia). (Which, by the way, is nothing… Continue reading The solution to my long-term insomnia: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

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What to do when you wake up in the middle of the night (Guest post)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  I rarely have trouble falling asleep, except maybe if I’ve stayed up too late and get restless leg syndrome. Normally I fall asleep as soon as my head hits… Continue reading What to do when you wake up in the middle of the night (Guest post)

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Fitbit, my sleep friend (Guest post)

Guest blogger Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, who has written about her breast cancer and her love of aikido, is now in search of a better night’s sleep.  I got a Fitbit Flex several weeks ago, mostly to track my daily steps, because I was concerned that I was sitting too much during the day. On the… Continue reading Fitbit, my sleep friend (Guest post)