Showing posts from April, 2017

Non violence ...


Attention ...


For every big name ...

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
For every big name ... there are many more unknown names  that keeps an organization growing!
We'll talk more about this in the future. I need to let it simmer a little more. 
Myriam sensei
There are bridges that I burned a while ago.  And there are new ones that I'm working on now.
New friends and colleagues from which I receive support and teaching. To which I give my friendship and support from a new understanding of what those  mean to me now.
Aikido as any other human activity cannot be done in a vacuum. It needs context. To fully understand what has been, what it is and what it is becoming. And bridges of communication is part of that context. 
In my case, some have been burned and there's no way back. There's nothing to talk about. The common language of understanding was broken and what is left is only the superficial small talk of everyday activity  and nothing more. The courteous and civil way of relating but apart from that there's nothing left. 
New bridges are been built to get into a new conversation with new individuals, in a new context, a new understanding of where I am and where I want to go.

Masters? Of what?

"Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little." -Theodore Roosevelt  We'll talk more about this later ...


Master of techniques? A martial art? Are we really a master?  How much of a martial art we own to call ourselves masters of it?

As the quotes says, what is it that really matters?


Always beginners ...

I was talking with a kyu rank during the seminar. And he told me that he was just a beginner. "Hmm", I answered, "we are all beginners, the difference is that we make different mistakes." 

Mark is uke with a few less pounds in one of our first classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Milford, Delaware.

Back from the seminar ...

A nice and great weekend training under Sato sensei and lots of friends. What did we learn this weekend. I won't go through the list of techniques. Although I can mention that we did empty hand techniques, bokken dori, jo awase, jo kagrame 1 and 2, jo kata 2, two nidan test. 
Yet, the most important thing that we learned is that no matter how long we have been doing aikido there's one place to which we need to come back again and again. And this place is the basics. Basics of movement. Basics of creating imbalance on uke and proper form. We don't need to re-invent the wheel about aikido. We don't need to look for secret or mysterious techniques. We just need to come again and again to the basics and all will be well.