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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: Assassination Classroom

I took my children to watch this movie last night. It is a Japanese live action version of a popular anime series (with English subtitles). I was surprised that both of them immediately agreed to watch the movie at night.  This is the first time my daughter has been to the movies at night.

The poster for the movie is a picture of a person with a smiley face was not very impressive. However, after watching the movie, I found it funny and understand why my children wanted to watch the movie. The story is about an octopus-like creature threatening to destroy the world on March of the following year. The creature had just destroyed a large part of the moon leaving only a crescent.

It is strange that such a powerful creature wants to be a teacher for 3-E of a prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School. It appears that the creature was fulfilling a promise to a former teacher to class 3-E. The students gave the teacher a  nickname Koro Sensei. As the movie progress, we get to learn more about each of the students. The class is treated as outcast, students in other classes were not allowed to speak to them. Their class is also located far from everything.

Each assassination is used as lessons. Even though the creature is villain in the story but the headmaster of the school appears to be a lot worst. The creature even provided each of the students field trips to Egypt, Paris and various places around the world.

The movie was almost two hours but left me wanting more since there appears to be a sequel.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Essential Skill - Self Defence

My son wanted to learn Aikido so I decided to accompany him in the class. Learning any kind of self defence is important.

Learning self defence is more than just learning how to fight. It is about how to observe and beware of our surrounding. It is also knowing how to avoid getting into threatening situation and what to do when we are not able to avoid the situation. Sometimes I wonder if I could have avoided getting mugged had I taken up the lessons earlier.

I learned how to position my body to avoid injury when falling. That knowledge might have helped save me from losing my teeth. In order for the training to be useful the movements need to become natural and be part of our instinct. This is the same like learning how to ride a bicycle. When we ride a bicycle, we do not need to think of how to balance or turn, we just focus on where we want to go and just go. In order for the movement to become natural (or second nature), frequent practice is necessary. It is also necessary to adapt the movement to ourselves. Each of us are different so what works for my colleague may not work for me (he could be taller, shorter, stronger, weaker, longer hands, shorter hands).

Learning martial arts does not mean that we want to fight but how to avoid fights. No matter how good you are, there will always be somebody better than you.

It is important when choosing a class is to have a teacher who can share how the skills learned can be used in real situations. Some martial art routines have been modified and are only useful as aerobic exercise routine.

Self defence is an essential skill, you never know when you need it.