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.
Dojo will be closed this weekend. We'll be training in Valley Forge Training Center. Andrew Sato Shihan will be teaching. It's important for us to attend because along the way to a shodan this is part of our test requirements and we'll do a great dis-service to our training not to participate when the time is due.
We'll talk more about this when we come back. For now, we are looking forward to meeting old and new friends and to train in this marvelous martial art!