36 Awesome Pictures of An Epic BBQ at The River

I could give a detailed account of our awesome BBQ at the river. But why would I do that when the pictures do it more justice than I ever could.

1. Putting together the bbq.


2. Food on the bbq


3. Nick’s awesome beef wrapped around asparagus


4. My (Izzy’s) marinated chicken.


5. Chris’ Hamburgers (It was like we were in America.)


6. Andy sensei’s bell pepper, rice, parsley, basil and other magic


7. Andy sensei feeding Nick.


8. Using physics to our advantage.


9. Not quite sure…


10. A ball, a stick, and a river… and you have baseball.


11. A ball, a stick, a river, multiple people = baseball.


12. Naomi punches Izzy in the face (for reasons Izzy does not know)


13. Excitement for reasons I do not know


14. Chris sensei’s Birthday was last Monday. This is the secret sign that we will give him his birthday snack.


15. Naomi giving Chris sensei his birthday snack (we sang to him before)


16. Chris sensei tried to see how many sweets he could fit in his mouth at one time… one.


17. A good picture.


18. Chocolate Thunder!


19. Whose idea was this? Hmm… His name starts with an “A” and ends with a “Y”


20. The man with “great ideas”


21. He’s prepared to do something… the question is ‘what’?


22. This is the ‘tiger face’


23. We made new friends.


24. Naomi made new new friends


25. Naomi pulling her new best friends in the river.


26. This man has an injured back… Is this a smart thing to do? hmmm…


27. This is a new fad that will soon occur around all of Japan.


28. They will kill you and eat you if you make the wrong move.


29. The definition of awesome.


30. The question was asked: “Why do you have this stick triangle thingy?”


31. The answer was revealed… “to hold our tongs!”


32. This is the second definition of “awesome”.


33. Love…


34. Nick with a new friend throwing rocks at the river.


35. I’m telling you… this is going to be the new style for 2013-2014. Andy sensei is a trend setter.


36. If you are a Jungleman, you drink Jungleman. 100% Logical.



Misosogi and Biwako

About 2 weeks ago we took the day off from training and we’re lead be our fearless leaders (Chris Sensei and Andy Sensei) to this tiny waterfall at Nanzenji Temple

In this particular case size doesn’t count because this tiny little waterfall thrusts huge massive forces of water upon our necks and shoulder. As you can see in the pictures below, they left a mark.

We were a good size group. There was probably around 10 of us all together. We each initially took turns going under the waterfall (that felt like rocks pounding against our back) and chanting loudly. I cannot remember what we chanted for the life of me. But to my complete surprise there was something rather soothing about chanting over and over again. It befuddles the mind.

After the adventure with Misosogi (I’m not sure if this word is a verb or a noun so I’m using it interchangeably), we went to grab breakfast and then had a day at Omi Maiko Beach.

Using a phrase I never used in my life until I started hanging around Nick and Andy sensei… The whole experience was “epic.”












1000 Sit Ups and the Art of Sitting and Sleeping With No Skin On Your Lower Back

Hachi, Kyu, Juu

My stomach is killing me!

When are we going to stop?

I look around the room. I do a quick count.

We just hit 150. We should be stopping soon…

Oh no! The count just began again.

Wait, Oh no, Is this, I wasn’t expecting this so soon…

1000 Sit ups

It was around the 200th or so sit up that it finally clicked.

We are going for 1,000.

1,000 is a big number. A really big number. Shoot, I’d say 250 is a big number… And 1,000 is 4x that!

I Can Do This


Around the 350th or so sit up it clicked.

It’s really pretty simple. There are two options.

1. Do 1,000 sit ups.
2. Don’t do 1,000 sit ups.

Neither of the options seemed rather pleasant. It’s as if I was given the option to eat a rock or starve.

Isn’t there a 3rd option?


So with that persuasive argument I closed my eyes and thrusted my body up and down for a total of 1,050 times.

Shortly After

It’s a wild thing to do 1,000 sit ups. The strangest of it all was the incredible relaxation I felt after. There is something special about the sit up motion that brought relaxation to my whole body.

For the first time in 3 weeks I was able to sit in seiza without wanting to rip me eyes out.

My body felt loose and relaxed. My mind felt loose and relaxed.

But that wouldn’t last long…

Later That Night

I don’t want to look… But I should look.

I could feel the burning sensation on the lower portion of my back (or upper portion of my bottom if were being a little bit less censored).

I took a deep breath, turned around, dropped my pants and stared in the mirror.


I had unfortunately left a fair amount of my skin at the dojo.

Double unfortunately skin isn’t one of those things that you just pick up off the ground and tape back on… You have to wait until it grows back.

Which brings me to the art of sleeping and sitting with no skin on your lower back.

The Following 4 nights

For the following 4 nights I was unable to sleep on my back. Which upon initially hearing you might think is rather unpleasant. But it’s not so bad. The biggest challenge was when I would wake up in the middle of the night. Without thinking I would adjust my body to lay on my back.


Again, and again, and again.

But each night I expanded my knowledge of how to function with no skin on my lower back… Well actually after the first night I didn’t learn anything. Here’s a quick reply of the second night:


Again, and again, and again.

But by the 3rd night I was a new man! I learned that by placing a small pillow underneath my right knee and bending my left knee and tilting it so it pointed slightly to the left I could sleep on my back.

… Well except when I would wake up in the middle of the night and I would naturally sprawl out.


Again, and again, and again.

By night 4 I had started to find a strange pleasure in my pain. It was as if I wanted to keep the streak alive. So I slept on my side all night.

But there is more than just sleeping. I also want to present you with some powerful wisdom I gained about the art of sitting with no skin on my lower back.

The Art of Sitting With No Skin On Your Back

Sitting down is one of those things that we all too often take for granted.

I’ll be the first to tell you. Sitting is awesome. It’s wonderful, grand, amazing, and a really important skill.

Up until this point in my life I had considered myself quite the expert in sitting. I mean, I have about 30 + years of experience in sitting.

So when I lost the skin on my upper rear and struggled to sit you could imagine my shock.

Unfortunately, unlike sleeping, sitting on my side wasn’t an option. Therefore I had to develop some other creative measures.

For the first day I didn’t sit. In fact, I didn’t even wear pants. I couldn’t. The burning sensation was too strong and the wound needed open air to heal.

I kept the curtains closed.

By day 2 I still wasn’t wearing pants but I had once again started to use my 30 + years of expertise in sitting.

I would lean forward on my chair while pushing up on my toes. And voila I was able to sit.

This is it. The art of sitting with no skin on your lower back/upper rear.

In Conclusion

You can imagine my excitement when I overheard Andy sensei mention that we might “be doing them again in the summer time”

Now, that I’m a qualified expert in executing the important skills of sleeping and sitting without skin I’m ready to go…

If you have never done 1,000 sit ups you should totally do it. As this post has shown you will have nothing but positive feelings from it afterwards.