Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6th 1945, at approx 8.15 in the morning, the Enola Gay flew over downtown Hiroshima and dropped Fat Man, the first atomic bomb to be used in a war. In a flash of nuclear fire, 90,000 lives were immediately snuffed out and, within a week, the death toll Read more…

Today I met Soke

I’ve been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (aka ninjutsu) for just over seven years and, as I’ve fallen deeper in love with the art, I’ve often dreamt of visiting the grandmaster in Japan. Today I met Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Sporting a crazy purple hairdo and arriving fashionably late, a hush Read more…

Ueno Park/Maricar

After a solid twelve hours, which my body obviously needed, I awoke refreshed and full of intent to explore Ueno Park. Unlike most city parks, which tend to just be green spaces, this one has a bag load of things to see and do – museums, shrines, temples, wildlife, street Read more…

Fighting to Learn

Humans have been endowed with the natural impulse to survive dangerous situations, using whatever tools are available. If caught in such a situation, man could possibly wield a weapon to defend himself but weapons are not always available. Therefore, he needed to learn how to use his own body as Read more…

Tending bar

At work pullin pints my legs hurt ends never in sight 5 hours to go only worked 9 long, long hours for those of my kind prick arrogant customers some of them aren’t childs got a tip today for bringing out a smiles coins not a quid it won’t pay Read more…

Ninjutsu and I

I finally found a ninjutsu class in 2011 after moving to the north east. The previous six years had been spent doing Karate and Tae Kwon Do, as well as dabbling in MMA, Aikido, Judo, Kickboxing and the like. I was always aware of ninjutsu, thanks to the Internet and Read more…

Jaisalmer

6/6/13 I gave up trying to sleep at about 5am, and as the sun came up I read and ate my chappattis. The monster snorer was gone now, but it was so hot I knew any attempt to get my head down would be futile. The train arrived at Jaisalmer Read more…