Preparation and Progress

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In Training Preparation and Progress
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I have been continuing my daily Aiki taiso, stretching, and (recently included) Qi Gong morning sessions at home in preparation for a return to training in February. Going from a completely sedentary 10 months (no excuses for this so I resist the urge to make them here) to an immediate return to training would only cause reinjury to either my groin, hamstring, or right knee…so any and all prep work I can lay down now will only enhance my training now. Additionally, I am about 15-20 lbs heavier than before. Gotta get the weight down.

As far as range of motion and lower back discomfort in addition to the snapping hip everything feels a bit stronger from doing consistent Aiki taiso. I may even consider pushing the return to the dojo back in additional two weeks to continue preparing.

Started a new job two weeks ago corporate job sitting at a desk all day but they’re very progressive and they encourage the 2020 20 rule getting up and stretching every 20 minutes and walking every 20 minutes . So I do a lot of stretching at work and whatever else I can in my office without looking like a complete crazy person.

Progress is good on words and upwards will touch base again here in the next two weeks

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Dojo Tiger

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In General Dojo Tiger
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Dojo Tiger

He had mastered kata
And thought himself invincible
A real dojo tiger
But he had not thought beyond
Beyond mere form, mere kata
At the place where victory
Wasn’t assured, wasn’t preordained
A warscape where blood,
Pain, and death lived

The awakening was shocking
Was brutal – but his opponent
Called blood, pain, and death, home
To be treated with the fear and respect
They deserve and demand
And be paid a regular tithe
So, planning for victory
Also meant planning for defeat
The opening was where it always was
In the space between the forms –
The gaps – where true victory lies

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buoyed by response to beginner's class

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In General buoyed by response to beginner’s class
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We are running a beginner’s class and I am buoyed by the response. We had 3 new people on the mat on Thursday night. Other times in recent years we have had no response to the offer of a beginner’s class.

When we first started offering basics classes about 25 years ago the response was great….often 12 to 14 people would attend. It seems to me that the trend now had been for more confrontational arts. I think MMA has had an influence on people who are interested in martial arts.

Maybe now the pendulum is swinging back to people being interested in martial arts for other reasons than to beat people up or to be stronger than everyone else. I sure hope so. We are ready. Let the influx continue.

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Step Through

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In General Step Through
  #250 New Today 01:01 AM
Step Through

Only in pain
Can you know pain
Only in joy
Can you know joy
Only in experience
Can you know experience
Thinking and learning
Will only get you so far
Drop them off at the threshold
Mystical everyday life beckons
Step through

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Flowers Bloom

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Wow, another two years ‘off the mat’. Never returned to the dojo following the groin injury I sustained in late 2014. I don’t believe that taking some time to heal and go to physical therapy was a problem but life took hold and I stayed away. That said, I did continue my basic warmup exercises and deep breathing at home.

Made the decision to return and even stopped by the dojo last night with my wife (Rita) and 15 month old son (Christian). We visited with Sensei which was great and he was excited to have me back and extended an invite to the New Years Day seminar to us.

The plan of action right now is to prep at home for at least 3 weeks with daily stretching and exercise to prevent lower back, hip, groin injuries if possible. I don’t doubt that this will be a recurring problem over time but I will not take a break from the dojo the next time and will simply scale back my training until I can ramp it up again. This way I can use classes/sessions as rehab for the injuries while still studying.

Sensei says that Christian can begin studies at 6 years old although I hope he can start when he is 5. Cant wait until this is something that we can share together if he takes interest in it enough to want to continue after Rita and I introduce him to it.

Until next time…

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Promise

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In General Promise
  #248 New Today 12:10 AM
Promise

At this time of year
When I do zazen
And I am deep
Deep into the silence
The deepest silence
I hear something
A whispering something
Coming closer, closer
And I see a light – reddish

With a subdued roar
And swish of parting air
Rudolph, leading eight friends
Passes over me
On a mission of joy
But, looking back at me
Santa smiles in understanding
With a promise to return
When I am ready

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Resting, leaning, conviction, abandon

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Ukes will rest or wander if not led. Nage will lead where uke’s energy is headed.

Following and leading become one as the energy and intention becomes the focus. What seems to be matters not and what is prevails.

Why would uke lean….why not if they have a place to rest? Move the resting place and uke will lose balance.
Letting, not forcing with open palms and soft finger tips…no grabbing, pushing or pulling only guiding.

When uke comes around to see where nage went she will move in the energy trough if it is made available. First the void must be defined by nage’s dramatic, dynamic movement. Uke is encouraged to follow by enthusiastic soft letting.

When nage moves with intention and invitation uke can’t help but follow. It is like offering roast beef to a Dalmatian…uke is willing and eagerly follows on the sweep of defined energy in the described channel.

Aikido requires faith. Nage must believe in his ability as he defines the channel with this vibrant movement, strewing energy as he leads the way. Then nage follows uke as nage continues to lead. Nage must lead with no thought as to if uke will follow, and uke must trust that nage will lead.

It sounds crazy until you have felt it. To feel aikido one must take a leap of faith and move as nage with conviction and move as uke with abandon.

That abandon that uke develops is a sincere attack every time. Each uke deserves the best attack uke can give each time and then the best attention given to following. Nage leads with that conviction — uke follows with abandon each and every time. It could also be said that nage leads with abandon and uke follows with conviction.

See why I love aikido?

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extemporaneous movement

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In General extemporaneous movement
  #60 New Today 01:54 PM
Class on Thursday night was small, just 4 of us…all black belts. When it was my turn to teach something I saw during Ron’s part of class made me think about extemporaneous movement which is how we teach together, building off an idea that the first person offers. We don’t plan ahead. We just go with who shows up and with whatever state of health each person is in.

During freestyle I never think of what technique I am going to do. I know it’s not like that for everyone but it is how I stay open and move with what is. I think it is the purist form of aikido…letting uke show you what way they want to go and guide them using their own energy.

So starting with a 2 hands on 2 hands grab I asked nage to do anything but not to decide on something — just to do what seemed the easiest thing at the moment. After a few times through we all got more comfortable….then I asked us all to kote geishe from a standing 2 hands on 2 hands grab. I asked nage to not decide when to throw but to throw when the opportunity presented itself. It sounds really easy and yet from standing it was difficult. Nages did some strange things like: forgetting to do tenkan and backing up with small steps or grabbing with the hands instead of letting the hands lead. We kept at it and it got more comfortable but still was challenging.

Then Ron asked if we could do another round with uke grabbing nage the same way but with uke and nage both in motion. What a difference that made for all of us. The motion kicks something in for me and blending happens easily.

I asked us as a class to do tenchi nage with the same grab but back to standing. It was easier to execute that kote gieshe but doing extemporaneous movement when asked to do a specific technique is difficult. I thought this was a very telling and interesting aspect to seeing what happens and to staying in the now.

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