Juri Strumpflohner
Juri Strumpflohner Juri is a full stack developer and tech lead with a special passion for the web and frontend development. He creates online videos for Egghead.io, writes articles on his blog and for tech magazines, speaks at conferences and holds training workshops.

Finally, my Katana arrived!!

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Not the usual technical post :). Finally on Thursday this week my new katana arrived. It's exactly the one you see on the image. I had already one before, but now I bought a professional one. And it is great, not to compare to the previous. It is lighter and perfectly balanced. What I am doing with it?? Well, I'm practicing Yoseikan already for a while now and since the Yoseikan founders have their roots in the Japanese Samurai caste and want to give a broad range of knowledge in different martial art areas, we're also learning to handle a katana (usually starting with the 1 DAN). When people think of a sword they usually associate it immediately with fighting, people killing each other, basically with something negative (also due to the various martial art films you see on TV :) ). But that isn't the case. Of course, once it was used to defend oneself, as a weapon. But today, in the year 2008, it is completely a different thing. Practicing with the katana (if done correctly) can be very similar to a meditative thing, like Tai Chi. You have to be very calm and relaxed, but at the same time concentrated. It is a very high art and if you're hectic or you use too much potency it won't work. It's difficult to explain, but when practicing it gives you a feeling of calmness and balance. Reading this you'll probably declare me crazy :D but you have to experience it by yourself. Those who did it will understand what I mean.
There is nothing more relaxing than coming home in the evening after a long working day, taking out the katana, going out (I'm living at about 1,100 m above see level, so there is also the necessary silence outside) and practicing a bit. I usually do it that way. You can really clear your mind from all that tough programming problems you encountered during the day ;)
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