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Newsletter 15

Hello all! 

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links, or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

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1. I have been listening to Rodrigo y Gabriella and their new offering, nominated for a Grammy, Mettavolution – check it on youtube. My first exposure to this duo was on Ted Talks, and since that time I have been a fan.

Another artist in the same category; and I noticed he is getting more airplay this week, Theo Croker, an excellent trumpeter and bandleader. He’s been nominated in the best contemporary instrumental album category for Star People Nation, competition for Rodrigo y Gabriella. 

I enjoy watching NPR Tiny Desk Concerts and it’s where I first came to hear Anderson Paak. He’s another Grammy nominee in the Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Come Home” featuring André 3000. Check out this fun 2006 musical movie, Idlewild for a good idea of what André 3000 is all about.

2. Yakumo Koizumi is the adopted Japanese name of author Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). In his 54 years, he wrote 29 books in many different genres. “Kwaidan; Stories and Studies of Strange Things” is one of his books on Japanese myths and I started reading it this week. What piqued my interest is the number of listings with his English name on the gutenberg.org site under the heading: Japan. When you google this gentleman, a fascinating individual comes to life. My search brought me to this article in the Japan Times.

While searching that amazing Gutenberg site I happened upon another book I couldn’t resist “Bushido, The Soul of Japan” by Inuzo Nitobe (1862 – 1933). A book that explores the way of the Samurai spirit. 

3. You may have noticed a strong Japanese thread runs through many of my newsletters, it’s true I have a great passion for all things Japanese. I have been studying Japanese on my own for many years. I recently started a new program to learn Japanese writing, Hiragana at a site named Tofugu.com, I feel encouraged to jump back into my studies.

The owner of the Shingikan dojo, where I teach Karate lived in Japan for 25 years. He is fluent in Japanese, both written and spoken. There is no excuse for me to not make the effort to communicate with him in Japanese.

4. Most of my instructing jobs are winding down now and I have only a couple of classes left, one is going to be a  children’s karate grading – coming up this Saturday afternoon in Stouffville, Ontario.

The Shingikan dojo will stay open until December 16th and as with all my classes, will be resuming in January 2020. So much fun sharing my knowledge of martial arts and learning from the children.

“Spare no effort when you teach. You advance as your students advance. Perseverance is important in teaching, as are patience, kindness, and the ability to put yourself in your students’ place.” (Koichi Tohei 1920 – 2011.)

5. Reading to children, how long should you read to your children? This resource says as long as there is interest. Reading to children at age 4 – 5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy, and cognition) later in life.

I found this reference at Scholastic Canada on the state of kids and reading. As someone who is soon to self-publish a children’s book, I need to know who my target audience is. 

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Newsletter 7

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too. Oh – by the way, my attempt at getting unhooked from my smartphone didn’t go as expected. I’m down 40% in screen time from last week with an average of two hours and some minutes per day. Six of those hours in the week were using the smart part of the phone as my GPS while driving. My attempt to reduce screen time continues.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some

inspiration and information.

  1. Ginger Baker passed away this week, he was one of the greatest influences for me in drumming. Pictured here are some of my albums that he is featured on, Cream, Blind Faith and Baker Gurvitz Army. Rolling Stone Magazine had this to say about  Ginger Baker – Cream Drummer . The Ginger Baker Trio, was his outing with jazz greats Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell, an album he made in 1998 – Going Back Home shows Baker at his foundational best, check this performance, it gives you an idea of his jazz roots, Ginger Baker Jazz Trio Performance. The documentary, Beware of Mr. Baker, check out the Trailer For The Documentary, this is an interesting view into Baker’s life, by film maker Jay Bulger. Luckily I still have some of my Ginger Baker records, I’m going to give Mr. Baker a spin right now, his playing is still inspirational. RIP Ginger Baker.
  2. Yoga kids is a great idea to help get kids active – Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga… by Sara J. Weis –  is a book, and I love this concept and think it’s great for children, a yoga practice plan for kids. A session plan that takes yoga for children where it needs to be, there are some great resources here for teachers, parents and  coaches, gogoyogakids.
  3. When I read this book on teaching yoga to children it reminded me of the High Five Training highfive.org, that I took a few years ago. It is a method of training coaches to provide activities and environments where children feel safe, welcome, competent, connected, empowered and special.  This course changed the way I go about teaching karate to children.
  4. For my Canadian friends and any interested bystanders, I have been muddling through the issues that will affect our Country for the next 4 years. The Canadian election is set for October 21st. I found this great summary of a survey on some important issues, enviro survey summary, that provides  a guide to some of the more important questions and issues that I am interested in. They summarize how all of the parties stand on said issues. Do you know who the parties are? Bloc Québécois – Conservative Party – Green Party – Liberal Party – New Democratic Party – People’s Party. Do you know who you will vote for? Take a stand, make sure you get out there and let your voice be heard, cast your vote.
  5. I met up with a friend of mine over the weekend. Rick Hotton, a karate master, an author and an illustrator, he is also the founder of an international group known as Sunday Morning Keiko a community of like minded people celebrating the martial arts journey. Rick was in town for a karate seminar and I met up with him for some after seminar socializing in Burlington, Ontario. He is a wonderful story teller and a fascinating individual, he has a book entitled Holy Molè Cartoon.  A great article on some of what inspires him written by Randy Moore,  Rick Hotton and the Mindful Art of Holy Molè. Check out his cartoon, it’s good fun and it’s mindful.

    Still friends after this awesome kick to my head.

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Newsletter 5

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

  1. Nutrition is important, consider it your fuel. Are you aware of what kids eat during their lunch breaks? During my two years of teaching lunchtime karate in York region, I saw first hand how children eat lunch at school. Some don’t, others rush and a few, look like they actually have a nutritious lunch. Check out this handy resource for some good lunchtime ideas for your children. settlement.org. My job was to collect the Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten children from their classrooms and guide them to the gym where we joined the grade 1 and 2 students who had registered for the lunchtime karate program. After an exciting 40 minutes of spirited karate, I then monitored the children as they ate their lunch and socialized in one of the spare classrooms for the remaining 20 minutes of the hour long lunch break.
  2. I have been listening to multi instrumentalist Mike Herriott, https://mikeherriott.com/. The recording Isn’t Life Grand on Doghouse Records is great. Mr. Herriott, performing all the trumpets, flugelhorns, french horns, trombones, basses, piano, and various miscellaneous percussion including triangle, presents music ranging in styles from hip-hop, be-bop, funk, and straight-ahead swing. Mr. Herriott on any horn he plays is fantastic,  he blows with serious intensity and a magical tone.
  3. I received my edited manuscript for my upcoming book and it was with some trepidation that I opened the file to view the changes to my story. But it was still my story.  A good editor will do their best to ensure the author’s original voice remains intact, or so I was informed. I am gaining plenty of insight into the writing, self-publishing process. There are some great links to be had that provide wonderful guidance. This is one that I found helpful, justpublishingadvice.
  4. Reading the Post this week I caught this quote from a jazz guitarist I admire, “Now I can think a little bigger, realize things before that might not have been possible,” says jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson. (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)  Ms. Halvorson on learning she is one of 26 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation genius award, a no strings attached $625k grant. (Isn’t Life Grand, as Mr Herriott mentioned earlier.) For more on the MacArthur Foundation, this is what it’s all about.
  5. Fitness is something everyone should be aware of. I was out for my 10k walk the other morning and found some underground urban art, photo featured above. Children who are active, involved in after school programs and play a sport, either organized or just getting together with friends to play at the local park are healthy children. Physical activity guidelines are featured here physicalactivity/guidelines. That being said, get your kids active. Fitness for life, starts early.

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