Category: Art & Literature

Showcase of art and literature

How I Get Ready

This Monday was my first time back at karate after summer, and as some of you might remember from my previous post, I haven’t been training much before that for the last year. I was so nervous I thought I...

Venus de Budo

This piece appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s October 1975 issue leading the article, “Women in the martial arts: Venus’s Big Year in Budo”. I kind of love this odd, clever, beautiful painting but can’t find the artist credited anywhere in...

Everything is Water

The three principles of Hapkido are: Circular Motion Harmony (or Non-Resistance) Water Early in my Hapkido training, Dr. Mani Mina (4th Dan) told us that, really, to him, all three principles are simply different aspects of Water. He used this...

I am already a black belt

I am already a black belt. I was a black belt the first time I donned the dobok. This blue di: the very small part I’ve chipped away metal memories sulfur pain customs like salt on my tongue encrustations Now...

The things I lost

The first thing I lost was my pride. My very first night in the dojang, roundhouse kicks to the paddles. Kicked, fell on my ass. I have since fallen on my ass many other times on many other roundhouse kicks,...

I Don’t Need a Photo to Remember

They say you should take photos Document your life Look back at them someday And remember. But I don’t need a photo to remember One of the best nights of my life A 16-year-old butterfly in the last stages of...