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 them is the economical. For many practicing aikido might not be a first priority. We have bills to pay, mortgages and utilities, kids to send to school or college. Health bills, car payment and so much more that come from our daily lives.  To spend money in something that might be optional in a general sense may be hard and tough. Students come and go. And many, or could I say most of us have had the experience of sometimes coming to dojo for just one student. But our dojos, are kept opened and we keep training.

Aikido is a martial art that requires time. A long time to learn and to understand. Promotion is not as fast as in other martial arts. The process is fast for a few, medium paced for the most and for another few it is even slower. But for all, the dojo is open. The training goes on no matter our different body types, abilities and skills. And behind all that work is an unknown sensei dedicating time and effort for us to understand. They correct, motivate and guide us along the path. Day after day the teacher or sensei and his/her students meet to do it again and again. And again. Have you asked yourself, how many times have your sensei done basic katate tori kotegaeshi?

What about the body and physical circumstances? We wish to get younger but, that's not the case. We all move towards getting older. And with age our bodies changes. It doesn't mean that we cannot keep teaching and training. It just mean that it gets harder. Tougher. New ways of teaching, new understanding of the art comes to the forefront of an aging body. But the responsibility is the same and the dojo must keep opening it's doors for those that come and that we receive as students. 

Will continue...mcr


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