Life, the Martial Challenges, and Everything.

Month: May, 2014

Until death do us part

I have decided to perform an experiment.  With my jiu-jitsu gis.  Well, one gi specifically.

Now, normally I rotate my gis after each use, using one once a week or less.  This cycle creates a a very slow drain on the life of the gi, allowing it to be washed immediately after training, and properly air-dried.  A normal 3-year life-span of repeated usage is extended to 5 or 6 years, barring major defects.  Such a cycle makes each gi worth their cost, even a $300 Lucky gi (which are nice, but not worth that much).

This experiment is created because one of my gis is approaching non-legal status for tournaments regarding sleeve-length.  So I’ve decided to resume normal speed on its life-span by wearing it for virtually every training session.  Our fan-augmented air-dry assists having the gi cleaned and dry for each training session.  I have noticed a few defects beginning before this experiment, but after several sessions I have noticed a few more that I am not sure of.

  • Printed fabric is beginning to weaken and pull around the stitching, minor tears here and there
  • Material is pulling on the inside of the jacket, just below the collar.  Apparently I let too many people establish a nice collar grip which I then I have to forcibly strip.


I’ve never taken a gi to the point of death yet, mainly because I haven’t been practising with one gi for any length of time.  This will be an interesting experiment, and will also at worst create more space in our closet for another gi.

For science, huzzah!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

The Professors

Happy Victoria Day!  Now onto business: my professors.  FACTS!

  • I have completed two semesters and started a third
  • I have registered for three courses in each semester, making a total of nine courses
  • For those nine courses, I have had seven professors
  • Of those seven professors, two have been female, five have been male
  • Of the two female professors, one has her doctorate, the other is completing hers
  • Of the five male professors, three have completed their doctorates, and the other two are completing theirs
  • Of the three male professors with their doctorates, two are in Psychology, one is in Philosophy
  • I am compiling a list of professors of which I wish to learn from again

The list that I am compiling won’t be complete until more of the summer semester is done, but so far it has both of my psych teachers.

Enjoy your holiday day!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?


Random Enough 3: With a Vengeance

Is the Die Hard title motif played out on the internet?  I hope not, that’s my go to thing.

  • on my fifth bar of soap in six or seven months.  We chew through a lot
  • I drive my car a little more than the average (the average determined by AirCare), which makes sense as I’ve never once had it insured with the “school or work under 15km” option
  • my father’s family left England in October of 1957, and they still have their original travel paper from the S.S. Homeric, and a photo from the occasion
  • I haven’t decided which Doctor Who audio book to use my credit on and listen to
  • Summer semester starts up tomorrow for me
  • We have been watching several BBC shows on Netflix, and they are all waiting for the rest to be uploaded (looking at Downton Abbey, Top Gear 1-14, Sherlock)
  • Also waiting for Community season 5
  • I should start planning out my blog posts again, I had all of April set up far in advance

That’s all for now folks, see you next week!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?