A year ago I was focused on completing my packing for our upcoming trip to Arizona.
I still attended class at the Boys and Girls Club, but had gotten rid of so much of my belongings, that would not make the trip. Gone were most of my uniforms (I only saved one), Gone were most of my weapons (given away to my students for their use), Gone were most of my books (some given away, some to a library, the remainder not selected to go with me discarded). Gone were most of my video and many of my dvd’s. Gone most of my files (except for a selected few). 40 years of things I saved discarded.
I still trained on my own. That was the only true constant, my art would always be my art.
Then the move, 2,300 miles to a new home in the desert of Arizona. West of Surprise, West of Phoenix.
No more need of gi’s. When I thing about it, I haven’t missed wearing one. And I wore them constantly since 1974.
Of course I don’t need one here. No dojo to go to, just step outside on the plastic grass of my backyard and practice mornings, before the heat sets in.
So much of my time pulling my thoughts together to share with my students. Still looking at what is out there. Still learning and thinking.
Now here it is an interesting place to take my walks. Most of them are early morning when the temperature is more pleasant. Those walks remain a constant in my life.
I also have much time to keep after my hobby of writing fan fiction in the Destroyer Universe.
But more, much more of my time is goning over so many martial memories from my years in the arts. My actual studies, my research, my practice, though now much dimished.
Some of which I put on my blog for my students (and share it freely with all). A larger portion is shared directly with my students, on other non-public matters via a long series of emails and more extensive .pdf files. Focused much on more hand on training and subsidiary topics which would mean little to any who had not trained with me.
After all this time, there still are many more topics to explore.
To Infinity and Beyond.