Life

忍者 or “Ninja”

Japan Think about Japan. I’m willing to bet a lot of money that one of the first thing that came to your mind was either a Samurai warrior, a geisha girl (or a boy, as there were male geisha) or a Ninja. Ninja – The Public One of the most Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

集中力 or “Concentration”

Concentration So, I’ve been thinking about concentration a lot today. Mostly, because I’ve noticed that when talking, we all have a tendency (sometimes) to only talk about what WE want to talk about at the moment. For instance, imagine that you’re talking to someone about a video game. They’re telling Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

臆病 or “Cowardice”

The Buddhist priest Tetsugyu (not sure on the Chinese characters that spell his name, as I could only find this story in English) once said of Buddhism and cowardice: The Chinese character for “cowardice” [臆病  read おくびょう or Okubyõ] is made by adding the character for “illness” [病 read びょう or byõ] Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

The Way

Although seemingly going against almost everything I believe in, I thought that I’d share this story with you. It seems that, over 400 years ago, a retainer of Matsudaira Sagami no kami had taken a trip to Kyoto. Whilst there he’d heard that some of his lord’s men where involved Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Life

A New Year, new goals and a new PSU

Welcome back Firstly, I hope that your end of year celebrations (both festive and annual) went well. Secondly, yes, my self imposed social networking exile is over. Which means, I’ll be lost in a deluge of twitter posts and facebook messages for the next few months, trying to catch up; Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago
Martial Arts

Bujinkan

Today, I’ve been itching to study more. Mostly it’s been a desire to learn more in the way of the Martial Arts. I’ve studied a little Karate, and some Tai Chi; but my main choice has been Bujinkan Taijutsu. I didn’t like Karate, it seems a little wooden and forced Read more…

By GaProgMan, ago