氣 ki of Street Sports

When I was a junior high school student,my father and I built a basketball hoop. The basektbcall hoop attracted 10 to 20 kids from my neighborhood. I realized the power of one ring then.

However because of the dribbling noise we made, there were some complaints from neighbors, so we had to take it down.

Since then I was away from street basketbcall. But after entering my college in Florida, I started playing at a court by the ocean everyday. Also I played street basketbcall in China, Korea, Taiwan and Spain where I visitied. After playing in those nations, I was so certain that the positive influence which street basketbcall can give to societies is universal.

 

I played at this court for four years. There is the sea behind.
 
I usually played game at 7pm and played by myself around 12pm at night.

Eckerd College Compus.The red arrow shows the basketbcall court. Really good environment to play bball outside.

 

Left corner of the photo (EC compus photo). A basketbcall court at a peninsula.Surrounded by the sea.

 
I often played street bball with this Austrian guy, Oliver, in Florida just for one month. I met him in 2005 after about 6 years of just emailing. Playing one month of street bball made 6 years of friendship. Dec 31, 2004
 
I also played street bball in FL with this Spanish man, Jordi, who is sitting at the right corner. I also met him after 6 years of just emailing. Eating dinner at his resturant. July 10, 2005

 

Basketbcall courts in Taiwanese military school. so many...
 
Beijing University.usually foreigners play at this court. there is much bigger court on the same campus. May 2002

 

Zhejiang University of Hangzhou,China. Playing bball with Korean, American, Chinese, Australian,and Japanese。There is another basketbcall court like this on compus. Study, eat, and play sports. nice life!!! May 2003
 
Japanese, Koreans, Brazilian, and Amrericans bball friends. playing basketbcall after we got so drunk.A Chinese man shouted at us from his room because we were loud.the korean kid shouted back at the Chinese man. It was really fun.Bball connected us all (we are all straight). May 2003.
 
The korean friend, Geo, who I met in Hangzhou, China. He is in the two photos above. He was chosen as a representative of his city An Yang.He is the Korean samurai!!
 
He and his team played in a national 3 on 3 tournament, and his teeam won the second place.That means his team is No2 street basketball team in Korea.
 

Castellon, Spain. There are many immigrants playing on this court.Some of can play really good. June 11, 2006 17:00

 
On weekends they come and play. girls are always talking on the grass.Jun 11, 2006 17:00

 

Street basketbcall courts of a university in Taipei Oct 12, 2006 17:45
 
There is another university accross the street. Oct 12, 2006 17:50

Taiwan university which is said to be the best university in Taiwan.There is no watsiung space. they put bball hoops everywhere.Oct 13, 2006 8:00

 

In Asian countries except Japan, street basektbcall is becoming part of their culture.

Japan has always seen significance in the balancing of martical arts and study

but what we have now is way behind the ideal.

 

Power of Street Sports

Although in foreign countries, there are many places to meet people like churches, outside cafeteria, taijichuan, weekends markets, street chess,and street sports, Such socializing places seldom exist in Japan today. If I compare Japan with other developed nations, I hesitate to call Japan a developed nation. Hence it is often said that although we have material wealth, our mental wealth is not present.

A lot of people would say that it is just japanese tradition, but it is wrong. We used to have our own rythm to enjoy our lives as the other nations enjoy theirs. After the Meiji restoration vanishing many Shinto shrines, we have lost the rythm. It doesnt mean that we have to start going to shrines again and dance with the traditional music. But we can get the rythm more easily by using a tool.

And the tool is called "street sports."

I have believed in this since I started playing basketball outside. So I made a move to build a basketball court in my town.

The pettion proved successful, but the hardest part comes after. We have to take care of the court to run good games.Freedom comes from great responsibility. .


Japan's inefficient social problems today:

1.After graduating high school. friends disperse.So it is not fun to come home anymore.
2.Although there are good players in town, no chance to learn from the players, Also those who want to teach don't have place to meet those kids.It is usually more difficult to talk in gym.
3.In Japan, it is difficult to have younger or older friends in town. Even we become friends, it is difficult to go over the age difference. and that restricts players' ability.
4.Once start working, it is difficult to get togther to play games. So eventually stop playing basketball itself.
5.After graduating junior high school, we do not know what is going on in our local schools.
6.We cannot ask many adults about future because adults who kids meet are so limited.
7.No places to express ourselves.

By using street sports, all the abovementioned problems can be solved.
I have seen it in many societies, and therefore I can confidently assert it.

This is how we make street basketball culture to run the community well.
1. Usually japanese do not come into the court when someone else is playing at the court. So ask that kind of people to join and play game together. And in the end ask if he or she comes to play often, and just tell the person what time we usually play. By continue doing so, the time which people gather will automatically be set, and we will be able to play games anytime we go at the time. This will make our town's basketball level higher.

2. But the most important thing is to enjoy playing bball by yourself. If you are happy just playing by yourself, then everybody will be ahppy to play with you. Those who only come to play with their friends are not welcomed.
3. Input the conception that there is a bsketball court anytime you want to play is also important.We have to play not to kill the others but to support the other.

Dojo today generally means place for training martial arts, but originally it meant a hall where monks meditate to reach the state of enlightenment. Dojo came to mean place to practice martial arts, so why not basketball court should be the most accessible dojo in our town.

Maybe it would be easier to live outside of Japan in order to enjoy playing basektball, but if we don't do it here in Toke, who else will do it in Japan?

 

the title of my master's thesis

I am writing a thesis about how street sports can contribute to our societies.

My thesis is based on the definition of peace.

Peace = (intuition/nature = perfect-unity/balance = action)

Zen monks do not say "making satori peace." They say "actualizing peace." Peace (nature and perfect-unity( ecosystem)) is already inhereted in us, so we just have to actualize it through actions.

Theory
Mechanism & Process
Reality
Intuition/Nature
Unity
Action
Peace & Satori
Ki & Body-and-mind
Meditation & Play

Intuition, peace and satori are theoretical. Unity and ki explain the mechanism and process. Action, meditation and play are physical realities. Street sports can give us the best places to play, actualize peace, in our societies.

 

Street bball and democracy

Obama has also believed in the power of street basektball and pick-up games.

"Basketball, says his brother-in-law, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, is why Barack Obama "is sitting where he's sitting."

"In those pickup games, Obama has written, "a handful of black men, mostly gym rats and has-beens, would teach me an attitude that didn't just have to do with the sport. That respect came from what you did and not who your daddy was."

"Organized basketball, particularly in high school, is an exercise in submission to social control. Pickup ball, by contrast, involves collective governance and constant conflict resolution. It is, to borrow Sarah Palin's phrase, community organizing in which everyone has "actual responsibilities.""

From: The Audacity of Hoops: How basketball helped shape Obama

 

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