Mika Loves Emoji | #MikaTheHero

His last obsession is an Emoji Encyclopedia I got hold on at the February Annual Book Sale. This message I got today on my way to introduce Aikido to a group of students from my workplace (a secondary school, substitute teacher on call). I interpret it as a story with the message – “Good luck, daddy! Reach high!”. Thanks, Mika! All went fine!

A night out with the club | #aikido

Tonight we had a bonus Aikido training, focused on intense Kokyo Nage (for the nerds to know …). So. Fun! Then we hanged out at the Dojo for some extended socializing, before hitting town and ending up on the premier finer beer spot downtown (no brands mentioned …). Great to share time in something else than your Keiko Gi (nerdiness… AGAIN – your training gear …), off the mat, some time! So much to share, so much to love – and that is spelled Aikido, Life and Universe! O’Sensei, the founder, would say – “well, that’s the same”, meguess ……

Projects 2019 – part one | #projects

Today I start a series of blog posts digesting what I intend to accomplish in all walks of life for the rest of the year. Listing a line of projects, big and small, bold and safe. Personal – health and work First of all – health! Still, I am in process to get to full health. For the moment, I have 25 percent sickness degree, to which I will test if it’s possible to work at maximum 30 hours of 40 of the week. I continue to work as a Substitute Teacher at Fria Läroverken in Norrköping, but so far…

I graded tonight! I have now 2 kyu! | #aikido

After many years, I have now graded to 2 kyu in Aikido (Takemusu Aiki, Iwama Ryu). Last time I graded was in May 2010, so it was about time! So many other things has happened in my life, coming in between me and my aikido development. But, tonighg was the night! “You can be happy and proud!”, the grading committée chairman Leif Kinnersjö, chief instructor emeritus, 6 dan, said. And so I am! Behind me in the photo, I feel Morihei Ueshiba, a k a O’Sensei and Aikido founder, smiling. Thank you for giving me this way of life and…

10. J as in Japan! | #Wishlist2017

36 images of Mount Fuji in different contexts and from different views, from the artist Hokusai – where you most certainly recognize the one on the top left. The Great Wave of Kanagawa. One of the most spread artworks, yes – pop art in its true sense. But, I want to see Mount Fuji. Live! Japan, certainly, is on my Bucket List! A deep wish to go there! And yes, it’s not a secret – my passion for Aikido, the japanese Budo form. An integrated part of my life, where Aikido, metaphorically, is a core sense and expression of my…

A Sense of Belonging – The Aikido Community | #CommunityWednesday #Aikido

Tonight I was, as usual on Wednesdays, at the Dojo and trained. Now, approaching bed, I check my Insta flow. I stumbled upon this! You find Aikido there, at right! Oh, this is nerdery. But what to expect? Yes, exactly! I am Aikido! We are spread over the world, and that is a strong feeling. In a sense, it becomes a universal language, similar to music. An understanding beyond words, a connection. And coming with the Radical Inclusiveness I experience with Aikido culture, I can really subscribe to the sentiment – “Aikido – the Art of Peace”! — (Source: linked…

Succession in our Aikido club | #Aikido

After many years of serving as a chairman of our Aikido and Judo club IF Dojo Norrköping, Leif Kinnersjö (6 Dan Aikido, practising Aikido since the seventies), decided to step down and hand over the leadership. And that is to Kimmo Osen, 4 Dan. Good luck, Kimmo! You’re a great spirit. And thank you, Leif! I know you will get back this Fall (Leif was injured when he was working with some stuff, and had an operation, now in rehab), just to train with us. It has been a sheer pleasure to take part of your vast knowledge and experience of…

Equal Opportunities | #CommunityWednesday #WomensDay

Today we take notice of all the women of the world. International Women’s Day. We still have a long way to go to get a society where Equal Opportunities exist, and where universal human rights are respected in practice. My contribution is to foster my kids, so they can carry the message and live the spirit – a work I do together with my beloved woman, Karin. Another sphere of influence is through my Aikido. In our club, right now, we have two active women. One more senior, who have been practicing Aikido since she was a little kid. And…