Starters ... finishers

It's not about how many start to walk this path but about how many finish and keep going! I've known many that started with me and never finished. Others that started with me and left the path somewhat in the middle or one third to completing it. Many were so much better than me in aikido.  Lots of ukemi and breakfalls. Stronger techniques, perhaps. And yet,  I'm a stronger finisher. Stronger in my commitment to keep going. Stronger in my search for the meaning of the path in my life, a path that never ends. Stronger in opening the doors for others to come and train. And in keeping them open in spite of so many obstacles. And everything has been done resting on my own effort, resources and understanding of the art.  Yes, so many have been better starters. And yet, I'm still here!
I'm a stronger finisher!

My kind of teaching!


No retreat ...


Character ...

The strength of a character is not measured by words. It's measured by actions. By what we choose to do and not do. By how we deal with the consequences of our choices. Words are easy to come by. A life of consequence not so.


The true enemy...

Is not the one that we see with our eyes. Nor the one we hear from afar. The true enemy of our progress lies closer, within. It's us. Our thoughts of insufficiency. Thoughts of incompetence. What is competence but the result of hard work and training. Yet, the feelings may assault us once in a while and we might even believe their power is real when it is not. 
We face not the other but ourselves in what we see in the other, what we experience in circumstances that may surround us once in a while. Not that there's not a world of possible danger this crazy world that we live in. Evil is real. There are individuals perpetrating  heinous acts all around us in the world.
Doubts, uncertainty and  multiple questions may be the unwanted visitor into our lives. We deal not only with what lies outside. But with what we carry inside. And it is this last one the one that is in our power to correct. To fight with. To vanquish if this were only possible. 

Only when we deal with the enemy …

The small names ...

Many big names in the aikido world are individuals that we respect and admire. But are those big names enough to make the art grow? What happen when those big names pass away and die as everything under the sun must? We all need teachers. And teachers needs those that want to learn. Let me share for a little while the work not of the big names in the aikido world. I want to talk about those un-named and unknown individual that because of their everyday effort make organizations big, strong and, lasting.

Big organizations are made up by the support of many, many individuals working for the same goal. In our case that goal is the grow of a martial art that we have came to appreciate and yes even love. There are many dojos around the world where teachers and students alike train day in and out. And there are many individuals in charge of these groups , big and small working hard to keep their dojos open against  many circumstances. Lets talk about some of these circumstances.

One of the…