There is a freshness in the air. I walked outside this morning, and it hit me like a tsunami. The holiday season is well and truly over. Should I try and extend it to Valentine Day, or how about Easter. I can then make it to my birthday. Wait, here’s an idea, why don’t I just get on with the year? My so-called time off over the Christmas break has just been full on. Liz and I renovated our front room. It is now a beautiful Pilates studio. Stay tuned for short videos; Liz’s Pilates on youtube. This has now opened my dojo in my back yard. It is a wonderful space, the tatami mats are going in this week. It sits nestled in between my secret garden and my rear landscaping.

At the same time, I wrote the final 25000 words on my first fiction book. So far it is call the Last warrior, but a publisher may change the name.  I have submitted the manuscript to one publisher and one agent. I am happy to have got to this stage. Now I will just wait and see. I have started my second novel.

So I am really getting on with it, Over the Christmas break, I don’t know if you noticed but I flooded my social media. I even gave tik tok another go. All of that took time. I found myself immersing in social media going deeper and deeper. I also took on i- movie the movie editing program. What a nightmare. I spent a couple of days on it.

I know, it sounds like I need a holiday. So I did my 10 minutes meditation this morning, walked to my dojo and greeted my first students for 2024. So are you now ready to start your martial arts journey for 2024? Maybe you have read some of my social media posts, or a blog at the Northstar website. You may have even bought one of my books and may be wondering if martial arts is for you. My books are all at andydickinson.com.au You could be anywhere in the world and considering joining my online academy. You may be a Sydney local, in that case attending one of the NSJJ dojo’s may be your preferred choice.

It is time to saddle up the horse and get into whatever it is that you want to do. I have a couple of places still available, but lessons with me fill up very quickly.

Do not procrastinate. This leads to apathy, which leads to sloth. Start your walking again and re boot that gym membership. Put you Netflix and Stan on hold for a month.

Have a great 2024.


Northstar Ju Jitsu

Northstar Ju Jitsu is also taught by senior Black Belts at their own studios'.

These are independently run from the Headquarters .Andy Dickinson Sensei is the head of and founder of Northstar Ju Jitsu and oversees the teaching of his program.

All Black Belts are graded by Andy Dickinson Sensei.