Fuck Cancer, my version 2017

If you’re as tired of the “Ribbon Wars” and “Awareness Wars” as I am, perhaps these symbols and their text may be of use to you. Or not. Feel free to continue walking on by, or download them, or do whatever you want with them. I cannot for the life of me figure out how cancer, or the fight against it, can have anything to do with gender, be it he/she/it. All forms of cancer should be destroyed, eradicated, wiped out. We’re human beings.

And I’m by no means a graphics artist, so feel free to vastly improve on my work 🙂

You can download all the files in one .zip archive here. The .xcf file is a fully layered file for Gimp users 🙂

Original image:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_role#/media/Combotrans.svg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_role#/media/File:Combotrans.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Combotrans.svg

Rainbow filler:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gay_flag.svg

Original license:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

I hereby release my work with the same license as the original.
Use as you see fit, but don’t claim it as your own.

 

Riai Aikido Dojo: 7 suburi & 31 kata

Riai Aikido Dojo in Göteborg (Gothenburg) was established in 2003 by Jan Bratt (4 dan) and Pia Moberg (3 dan). Apart from the most obvious activities like training and seminars, Jan and Pia have also produced a number of booklets. Rather than spanning a wide number of topics, each booklet takes the “simple and clean” approach and tries to narrow down a few topics.

In this booklet, named 7 suburi & 31 kata, Jan and Pia take on the seven bokken suburi, and the 31 jo kata. The booklet is bi-lingual (Swedish and English), and each step of the suburis and kata is illustrated with pictures (photographs). As an additional aid, the tatami (mat) has a clearly defined cross (made from simple masking tape) on each picture; thus improving the ability for the reader to orientate as the technique moves from one frame to the next.

The writing is uncomplicated and straight forward.

So, hats of and congratulations to Jan and Pia for a job well done.

You can find more information about Riai Aikido Dojo here, where you can also order their publications.

Shodan (male): A male who is so adept at blending (and helping others to blend) that he can wear a skirt to class and nobody in class will laugh at him because he might help them learn to blend with the mat. At high velocity” — from The Aikido FAQ.

Holding my first Aikido class

The head instructor for the evening could only hold the first segment of the class today. So three of us were handed the responsibility of holding the second segment of the class. For some reason I was voted to handle it (probably as the person-most-in-need-of-help). We did plenty of randori, and some kokyonage. It was a lot of fun to hold the class; and afterwards it was very educational to hear feedback. As with many other things in aikido, it was a humbling experience 🙂

Pat Hendricks to Stockholm for the first time!

Stockholm Aikido Club has invited Pat Hendricks for a three day seminar in Stockholm. The seminar will be an exciting event.

Pat Hendricks, 6 dan aikikai, started out in California 1975. She has continously travelled to Japan. Pat Hendricks runs a dojo, Aikido of San Leandro where she teaches students as well as uchi deshi. You’ll find it on www.aikido-sanleandro.com.

Pat Hendricks, 6 dan aikikai, is one of the highest ranking women in aikido.

You can read more about this event, Aikido, and our Aikido Club on our website, which is www.stockholm-aikido.nu.