The Locking Life of Lil b

Locking lifestyle

Baby Ayanna

I believe in understanding, respecting, and appreciating my inspiration’s inspiration. This is a video of Ayanna, Rashaad’s daughter. I’ve had the pleasure of being around Rashaad and his family during her earlier years and to see her now speaking complete sentences and demonstrating her knowledge of dance styles really moves me. What’s also beautiful to me is that I know that Rashaad and Ayanna inspire each other. And it makes me realize how powerful and important family truly is. Much love to you and your family, Rashaad! Miss you guys.

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October 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Training eh?

Just because you train your muscles and learn technique from a “How to Book”, that will not make you stronger.

It takes dull repetitions of practice and basic training.

Only those who train properly will have the heart to rebound in any type of situation.

“Never leave the heart unaccounted for”

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Winners?

“There were no winners today. However, in the world of wins and losses, only those who have experienced disappointment will become strong.”

-Coach Shouji of the Oujou White Knights. (Eyeshield 21)

October 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A simple stroll

I had to mail a check out earlier today and instead of driving and losing parking to drop it off I decided to walk down the street for once. I also missed out on Milk tea tho..

I bumped into Lily who I used to talk to a lot in high school. Didn’t get much of a conversation going. In fact it was more like a “hey lily do you remember me?” and she acknowledged my existence but she just kept on going. Reminded me of how delicate relationships and friendships can be. Without maintaining them, to a certain degree, they can dwindle and in the eventually simply come to an end.

I also dropped in on Yumi Deli; just a local deli down the street. I used to frequent the place when I was in middle school and once in a while when I was in high school. Haven’t been in there in at least…4 years? The owner remembered me though and wanted to know how me and the family was doing. I was surprised she remembered me! It was a definitely a good feeling.

It brings me to something i’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks and that would be “PRESENCE” and “LAST IMPRESSIONS”.

Presence is a powerful aspect of personality that has been deep within my recent thought process. I tie it in with what I learned in Okinawa from Seen-san about “AURA”. It’s something to take notice of within other people and how it affects you. When it comes to you yourself it’s something that I believe CAN be trained (take that how you will).

But as powerful as Presence is, the opposite of it is also just as powerful. Absence of a being is also something to take notice of. I compared it once to how silence can be a powerful gesture given the right delivery. Or even within dance, stops can be just as strong as movement. The concept of a missing presence is what’s really been on my mind.

Last impressions has been a small topic within my recent brainstorming sessions. A lot of people focus on getting that “first impression” done right because it’s something you only get one shot of. Sure, I can agree to that. But it shouldn’t be an and-all-be-all factor. It’s just another part of life. The initial meeting.

Anyway, i’ve been thinking about the LAST impression that you leave on somebody. I didn’t think about it in a way where I thought about how I want people to constantly remember me or having control of how people perceive me. That would be a foolish thought and i’d never succumb to such a selfish way of going about my everyday life. It came to mind when thinking about people I haven’t seen in a very long time. As I come from many different communities, cultures, hobbyists, …etc.. I wonder how those people remember me and what they would think of me seeing me now. Would they see growth, change, familiarities, differences and whatever else? It was interesting to think about as I have come across people this year who haven’t seen me in years. For the most part i’ve they’ve said a lot of good things about what they see in me now. And that’s what it is…it’s just always about the NOW! But the past is there for us to compare to.

If I were to focus on thinking about my future first and last impressions I would go about them in the same fashion. It’s just something I don’t think about all the time but i’m always prepared to be ME to the fullest I can within the moment. What others would come to think of me..well, at least I’m happy with what’s going on inside of here.

And well, this was a life post, but if you think about it in terms of dance…isn’t it a remarkably similar way to go about it?

Life = Dance

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Next week

I’m glad I’m taking all this time during the blizzcon to just chill out and relax.

I’ve got a feeling that next week will be a total game changer.

I’m confident that a few of the upcoming conversations and events of next week will decide a huge portion of my future.

Let’s see if I’m focused enough to let it all take place in the right way.

Time to really decide for myself what I’m aiming to do for myself and for people I love.

Just like every other moment in life; everything has been leading up to this point. Gotta make next week count though. It’s not a time to just learn from. It’s time to make real decisions.

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blizzcon

Still in so cal kicking it at mike’s house with the rest of the bay nerd heads. This weekend has been way fun so far. Not as “relaxing” as one would hope but this totally feels like a vacation to me. I’ve been so hard on my body lately and strict with myself that it feels good to cut loose a little bit. It also feels good to be reminded of another side of me. That nerdy guy really into competitive gaming.

When I was younger I’d tell people and myself that video games was my passion. I’m glad I’m now able to differentiate my passions and my hobbies. It’s good to have another source of stress-relief now that I don’t think of dance as a stressor anymore. And a lot of my closest friends are into the same games and competitive mindsets.

Just taking the time to appreciate what makes up my life and enjoying every bit of it.

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blizzcon

Still in so cal kicking it at mike’s house with the rest of the bay nerd heads. This weekend has been way fun so far. Not as “relaxing” as one would hope but this totally feels like a vacation to me. I’ve been so hard on my body lately and strict with myself that it feels good to cut loose a little bit. It also feels good to be reminded of another side of me. That nerdy guy really into competitive gaming. 

When I was younger I’d tell people and myself that video games was my passion. I’m glad I’m now able to differentiate my passions and my hobbies. It’s good to have another source of stress-relief now that I don’t think of dance as a stressor anymore. And a lot of my closest friends are into the same games and competitive mindsets. 

Just taking the time to appreciate what makes up my life and enjoying every bit of it. 

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Clumsy

Today was easily my clumsiest day of the year.

Woke up and dropped a cup of milk trying to open the kitchen door.

Poured T-wii’s food and dropped half of it.

Dropped an egg.

Dropped bowl of sliced tomatos. I was gonna eat ALL of it too

On top of that…I just had a whole bunch of frustrations. It was weird feeling my energy be like this all day. Usually i’m able to shake it off. But I was so scared to drive around after all that.

Got down at Mixed Practice for a while tho. It’s good that my clumsiness doesn’t carry over into sessioning.

I’m pretty sure this is because of all of my recent training tho.

But that means it’s a good thing! In just a few weeks if i keep this up i should be able to feel real progress. Just gotta keep this up..

October 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My passion?

My passion isn’t dance.

My passion is my love for dance.

Dance = Life

😉

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An Eternal Soul

I can’t stop listening to this track. This is the theme for the upcoming Nujabes Documentary.

I think the timing that this song came into my life couldn’t have been anymore perfect.

The past few days my mind has been pretty jumbled. I keep thinking about so many different aspects to life that i’m losing some of my focus is starting to show externally.

And man..this jam just makes me feel a whole slew of emotions throughout the course of the song.

I can’t even explain what I feel from it. But hopefully my body is trained well enough that I can properly show it.

Always aiming for that perfection. But i’ll never attain it. That’s why I love dance and why I love life.

I find joy in my journey of attaining mastery within an art that reflects my life.

Eternal Soul.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment