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Happy New Year

I am not much into doing New Years resolutions so instead here are some goals that I am setting for myself for 2008.

  1. Spend more time with my wife and kids and less on a computer. (the computer part is going to be tough)
  2. Make it to the dojo more often this year. I have missed more than I want to this one.
  3. Solve the rubik’s cube I bought yesterday 🙂 (I never could figure the thing out as a kid.)
  4. Continue contributing to Foresight Linux.
    1. Become an official Member and then Developer.
  5. Read more books this year.
  6. Get better at using emacs.

Well thats about it. Maybe since I didn’t say “lose some weight” it will actually happen. I am sure that there will be more things that I add to this list as the year goes on but this is a good start.

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New site

I have been looking forward to this for a while. My Aikido dojo has a new look and feel to the site. I attend Bluegrass Budokai and have been a student there since the doors opened. If you have any interest at all in the study of Japanese martial arts (Aikido, Judo or Iaido) then come check us out.

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Blackbelt at last

When I showed up to Aikido class on Saturday (3/31/07) I was surprised to find out that I would be testing for shodan (first degree black belt). It was supposed to happen a week later. I wish that I could say that I was as prepared as well as I wanted to be but I wasn’t. The test went well (other than getting very tired). Now I have to get used to practicing in a hakama.

In contrast to what a lot of people think, a black belt is a beginners rank. It means that you have reached a level of competency with the basics and you now have a platform to build upon. The study of the martial arts is a life long journey. I have only been doing this for 5.5 years and I know that I have a lot to learn.

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