Monday, January 15, 2007

New Link: Yachigusa Ryu Blog

I just spent the last 15 minutes enjoying, musing over, and laughing about a post by Gary Moro at the Yachigusa Ryu Blog. In it, he tells the story of a summer spent in a "battle of wills" with a Holstein bull, and how it took his Aikijujutsu skills to another level, Hence the name of the post, Aiki-BULL-do. Loved it!
Now, for those of you not well versed in the various breeds of cattle, a Holstein is a fairly large breed. It is one of the most common breeds found in the US and Holstein’s are famous for their unique black and white patterns (no two Holsteins have the same pattern). Calves are often born weighing a hefty 90lbs or more, and by the time they are adults a bull can weigh over 2000 pounds, stand 58 inches tall, run at over 25 miles per hours, and have a vertical leaping ability of over 6 feet. Fortunately, they are fairly mild-mannered; but if provoked, threatened, or agitated they are a force to be reckoned with.
The blog is described, "Yachigusa-Ryu Aiki-Bugei is a school of classical Japanese martial arts in San Francisco as taught by Gary Moro." For those uninitiated (ok, that includes me!), bugei refers to the samurai of feudal Japan.
UPDATE: I just found where I first saw this blog, at... Le Blog! Thanks, George!

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