Saturday, December 13, 2008

You can see the rock better in this pic.
Volcanic rock is jagged! LOL

Fuji san

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). An active volcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji straddles the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures just west of Tokyo, from which it can be seen on a clear day.

This pic was taken on top of Mount Fuji. Most people just go to enjoy the view but I had other ideas. Find rock, lift rock!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Back in town

After 2 months studying in Japan I am finally back home. Always interesting to visit different countries but you just don't get the same feel for them on a holiday. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich heritage and it is always enlightening to spend time there.

Also held two kettlebell seminars in Tokyo while there. Big thanks to Taikei for without him none would have been possible. He's leading the kettlebell charge in Japan. Good to see some familiar faces and meet new enthusiasts. (kObA without wig on the right!)

It's good to be home:)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Medal of Honor Recipient

Recieved this in an email from client:

PO2 (EOD2) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq , giving his life to save his fellow Seals.

During Mike Monsoor's funeral in San Diego, as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Seals were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of two's, with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike's coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it. This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

This should be front-page news instead of the garbage about the military that we see every day in the media.

Since the media won't air this news, I choose to by forwarding it onto you guys. I am PROUD of our military. If you are proud too, please pass this on. If not then rest assured that these fine men and women of our military will continue to serve and protect.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Seperated at birth?

          Dee Snyder

                                  kObA from Japan

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lost in Translation

Participants from Kettlebell Seminar
held in Tokyo on 7th July.

First and foremost I want to thank Taikei for all his hard work in organizing this Seminar. It was an amazing experience . Also special thanks to Nazo.

The day before John Wild(OKC) held a kettlebell demonstration. It was a great day and John did an excellent job of introducing the participants to kettlebell sport.  

That night Taikei took me to watch his kettlebell class at his martial arts school. Seeing how far he has come since we first met about two years ago was amazing. He has really progressed a long way since then. 

The next day was my seminar. Thanks John you were a great assistant. Translating for the 21 people attending it was a huge task! Taikei and Nazo did an amazing job. The seminar went so smoothly and there was a lot of positive feedback from the participants. 

I want to thank all those involved as this was by far my favorite seminar. Maybe it was the coffee bar  beforehand;)

Dinner afterwards was a great way to wind down and get to know the attendees. 

Looking forward to doing another one soon. I'll post some more pics soon.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Sledge levering in Japan

I recieved this picture in an email from Mr. Katsutoshi Kobayashi. There was also one of him bottom up cleaning the beast(48kg kettlebell). Stong stuff!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Pennywise - Free to the People

Pennywise formed in 1988 in the south bay of Los Angeles in the same small coastal community of Hermosa Beach that produced three of the most infamous hardcore punk bands of all time, Black Flag, the Circle Jerks and the Descendents. The four band members, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, original bass player Jason Thirsk, drummer Byron McMackin and vocalist Jim Lindberg, began playing local backyard keg parties to increasing crowds, and with the help of friend Marc Theodore of Theologian Records, recorded a five song E.P. A Word from the Wise. A college radio DJ liked what he heard and gave it to Brett Gurewitz, guitarist and songwriter for L.A. punk legends Bad Religion, who was also starting his own label, Epitaph Records. Epitaph was already putting out Bad Religion albums as well as those of hardcore acts NOFX, Insted, and Down By Law. The band gave Brett a ghetto blaster recording of some new songs and he signed them to their first record deal. The result was their heralded, eponymous 1991 self-titled debut which immediately struck a chord with hardcore fans and action sports enthusiasts alike. In defiance of grunge, the disc helped to define the then-emerging West Coast punk movement. Astoundingly, 1993's Unknown Road sold a few hundred thousand copies and rather typically at the height of the punk resurgence of 1994 the major labels came calling. But the four-piece elected to stay put and released another Epitaph smash with 1995s About Time. When the tragic death of Thirsk the next year put the future of the collective in serious doubt, they rallied and regrouped with new bassist Randy Bradbury for Full Circle. The popularity of Pennywise continued to swell as the 20th Century ended, first with the success of 1999's Straight Ahead, followed by the riotous 2000 concert disc Live at the Key Club and the groups highly praised 2001 disc Land of the Free? An ensuing tour was highlighted by a sell-out gig at the 14,000-seat Long Beach Arena. After taking a year off for introspection, the group reemerged stronger than ever in 2003 as evidenced by the glowing accolades From The Ashes received. In early 2005, as Epitaph reissued remastered, content enhanced versions of the groups first four albums, the band reconvened to craft what would ultimately become The Fuse. After performing the more shows worldwide than they’ve played in recent years to support The Fuse, including a string of sold out House of Blues shows in L.A. and Orange County, the band again headlined the Vans Warped Tour in 2007, an entity they and a handful of other influential artists help turn into the longest running and one of the most successful American Music Festivals. As of now the band is hard at work on their yet to be titled next album, scheduled for a march 2008 release.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New additions

Atlas Stones 16" #182


A lot of room for improvement. Still have to make a lifting platform.
Good times!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Humans crave violence just like sex

For the experiments, the researchers placed a pair of mice, one male and one female, in a cage. Then, the female was removed and a so-called male intruder mouse entered the cage. That triggered aggressive behavior in the resident male. The tell-tale signs of aggression included tail rattle, an aggressive sideways stance, boxing and biting.

After the initial scuffle ended, the resident male mouse was trained to nose-poke a target to get the intruder to return. Results showed the home mouse consistently poked the target and fought with the introduced mouse, indicating, the researchers say, that the aggressive encounter was seen as a reward.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008