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Apr. 24th, 2012

Today was spent running around like crazy to get everything ready and packed for Thursday's trip (most stuff must be tied up today because tomorrow is jammed with usual Wednesday run-arounds) and I discovered I was out of quart-size baggies.  I could either perform Yet One More Errand, or just do without shampoo and toothpaste.  Yeah, I made the stop tonight on the way home from karate.

In between all the craziness, I'm working on the martial arts book that wanted to be written more than anything else on my project list.  It's been fun to browse through other MA books--the memoirs, the how-to manuals, the histories.  Sometimes an individual's bias is right out in front.  Sometimes it's found between the lines or in the omissions.  Sometimes the bias says a great deal about the depth of the person's training, the philosophy of the dojo in which she/he trained, and the knowledge shared by the instructors.  And sometimes the bias is one I once held myself, or one I find I still hold tightly.

Bias is to be expected.  Beginners are passionate about their chosen style because it's all they know.  Experienced practitioners are biased because they've sunk a great deal of time and energy (and, most likely, money) into thier pursuit.  The difference is that the experienced ones understand they have a bias because the art they practice is the best one for them--not the best for everyone.

My biggest, baddest, loudest bias isn't focused on particular styles, exactly.  It's against certain marketing methods, the piss-poor instructors those methods support, and the abject mess of "training" that gets foisted upon unsuspecting students who think their belt promotions are based on attained skills rather than payments received.  (If you ever want a peek at the differences between dojo standards, check out YouTube's collection of belt promotion videos.)

Six thousand words in, and I'm having a blast with the writing.  It's giving me the opportunity to think about my art from a different perspective, and consider not only why I do what I do, but why I believe what I believe.  I'm currently writing a section on martial arts "myths" that I find particularly annoying.  The first is "Martial Arts training will give you/your child self-discipline."

And now, off to bed with my Kindle.  (I'm thinking I should name my Kindle, considering how much time we spend together in my bedroom.)

P.S. I just received Wild Food Plants of Indiana today, and quite nearly stopped to harvest cattails on the way home.  I was thrilled to find a recipe in the book for the fiddleheads of Matteuccia pennsylvanica, the giant fern thanate  mentioned the other day.  The week I return, I must find these ferns and plant them!!


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Apr. 25th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Your book sounds awesome. (As does your love for it.)

Kindles should definitely have names if you spend a lot of time with them. (Of course, I never named my Nook Color, even though I name everything else I have.)

I got your tickets, BTW. I don't think I told you yet?

Do you have any ideas for where you want to meet?
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'll have to think of names. Something...exotic.

I don't know where to meet. Haven't a clue. Do you still have my cell number? If so, if you wouldn't mind dropping me a text sometime in the next couple days because (hangs head) I can't find your number.

Apr. 25th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Cool! I keep hearing about fiddlehead recipes, but have never gotten around to looking one up. Perhaps I should do that sometime before next spring. :)

Your book sounds great-- it's so nice to get to write about something you really know and enjoy.
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
This recipe includes mushrooms and red wine. Yum...

I do enjoy this writing immensely. I'm especially looking forward to working with some of my fellow female karate students to incorporate their thoughts and impressions, too.
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