timapple
timapple

I’m looking for folks to follow that are interested in or talk about martial arts and related fitness stuff. I don’t care about the martial art, they are all of interest to me. I guess anyone who talks of Asian history and culture would be cool also. Thanks!

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writingslowly
writingslowly

@timapple hey Tim, what do you know? I practise Tai Chi and have a long-standing interest in Asian history and culture, although I haven’t written about it yet on my blog. Asia’s a pretty big place though. I’m interested in Japanese culture, and in the early spread of Buddhism, and in Indian history, and in the intersection between anti-colonialism and Buddhist modernism in the early 20th century. Those are all rather large topics, of course! But to date I’ve only visited Korea and China. Hoping to fix that before too long. How about you? What are you particularly interested in?

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jemostrom
jemostrom

@timapple I don't know if I can offer any info that is relevant to you, but I'm 60+ and trying to get back into regular training (Covid and some other health issues have been a problem, never stopped but it was a very limited number of sessions I did in 2020-2023). I'm practicing Ju-Jutsu Kai (page only in Swedish), the association (also Swedish only), and a few of my photos (and yes, only a small part of my library)

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timapple
timapple

@jemostrom nice, how long have you been practicing?

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timapple
timapple

@writingslowly I enjoy reading and watching movies on feudal Asia. I am particularly interested in Japan. When I was younger in the army, I lived in Korea for 18 months which was a great experience also. In general though I know they were bloody, I feel they went through their feudal period with a little more grace than those of us with European ancestry.

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jemostrom
jemostrom

@timapple first 86-87 and then from 2006

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timapple
timapple

@jemostrom so you have been at it for quite a while. I am now confident I will not break myself. 🤣

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ConatusPrinciple
ConatusPrinciple

@timapple I started training jiu-jitsu (traditional Japanese. not Brazilian JJ) a couple of months ago! I'm very much a newbie, but I used to train taekwondo as a kid and kung-fu for a few years at uni back in the day so the whole martial arts thing felt familiar. I just love everything with, the traditions, the training and community, the physical and psychological exercise it brings. Grappling with a much better opponent is exhausting and a humbling experience. Are you just getting into it or have you been doing it for a long time?

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jemostrom
jemostrom

@timapple Yep, main problem is that my body is very stiff ... and I mean "very much stiffer than is normal for a person of my age". But it would be much worse if I didn't do this. I can recommend this, but remember that you're not 20, even if the rest of the group is 😁, and listen to your body and increase your "training dose" accordingly.

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writingslowly
writingslowly

@timapple a late reply: It must have been quite something to spend a formative time in Korea. We have in our possession my wife's stepfather's photo album of his time in Korea during the Korean War. He was a photographer and his photos are amazing. It's a lost world.

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timapple
timapple

@ConatusPrinciple I am just getting into it I would say. As a child I took a little Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, but nothing beyond yellow belt and that was almost 40 years ago.

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