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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…


I found an interesting article about this theme that I want to share. Here it goes,

Katageiko: A necessary Cooperation between Uke and Nage

(Nage = tori)