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A while ago while I was in Chapters I spotted what was pretty much the most amazing-looking notebook I had ever seen. It was large and covered with silver filigree, with a darkened leather texture underneath. It was held shut with two metal clasps, and even the edges of the paper had floral designs to it.

This was clearly a book that demanded to have something important written in it.

However, I was, as usual, broke, so I put it back on the shelf and went on about my day. I entertained some notion that I may come back and purchase it when I had some money. It was a little pricey for what boiled down to a blank pile of papers, so I dismissed it for the time being.

I found myself wondering what I would ever write in so presentational a notebook. After all, it would seem like such a waste to scribble something trivial inside of it, or fill it up with a jumble of disorganized thoughts. I’ve always found the medium of writing has a certain motivation for the writing itself. Whether it is nice paper and a classic quill pen, or a vintage manual typewriter, sometimes the tools and the actions you choose for writing can influence the writing itself.

I came to a decision; I would go back to buy one of the pretty, pretty books, and fill it with absolutely everything I know, or will come to know, about martial arts.

And that is what I am doing whenever I have a spare moment.

I started at the beginning, reviewing and writing down the most basic concepts behind posture and movement, and began progressing through everything that is filling up my brain. It is a marvellous exercise in self-review. Teaching, or in this case documenting, an art right from the ground up is often where you make the most revelations. There are so many tiny things that you have half-forgotten, or internalized to the point that you forget you use them, that come up to the surface when you have to explain everything from day one.

So I shall fill my epic tome with everything I know on the subject of fighting, and keep adding all the new things I learn. I will accumulate (and in some cases complete) my research in period martial arts, I will scribble down all the drills I have found useful for training and teaching over the last nine years, I will re-think and write down every little bit of the jumbled mess of mixed fighting styles that swirl around in my restless little brain.

This should be interesting.