2 weeks, can't hardly wait

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In General 2 weeks, can’t hardly wait
  #52 New Today 04:23 PM
I am missing aikido today. I do have a dojo right at my house so I can walk downstairs and do ki exercises, weapons work, stretching and rolls anytime I want.

But…and this is the big reason I love aikido…I love the exchange of energy, the camaraderie with others and connections we share. I love how it feels when I am attacked and I turn and connect again and the throw happens. I love receiving the fall and the occasional cauliflower ear (not really). I love the shared understanding of deep learning. I love the way we get to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable together. I loved our shared jokes and chuckles at ourselves.

I love our dojo. I am more than ready for classes to resume on Thursday, September, 1st at 6:30 PM. Be there. Aloha.

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Black Belt

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Black Belt

As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing

As part of a three-some
I stand to the side
Waiting my turn
Watching other aikidoka
On the mat
I watch the ebb and flow
The atemi, the ukemi
The grace, the lack, thereof
I see kyu ranks struggling
Using brute force, and
Too much muscle and muscles
To perform techniques
And, scratch their heads
As some black belts
Moving with speed and precision
Utilize trained strength instead
And do the techniques effortlessly
Still, something seems off
And I don’t know what
When my turn comes
I jump right in, still thinking

As a black belt
I should know things
But, something is missing

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There is This

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  #228 New Today 06:55 PM
There is This

There is this
Thusness…
Suchness…
Concentrate on this
Don’t add
Don’t subtract
The not-self is not there
Yet is
Sunyata thus tathata
Emptiness thus suchness
Beyond the zafu
Beyond words
Look at the world
With eyes
That have no meaning

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Breathing

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brown belt energy ….gulp.

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With so much brown belt energy around it seemed as if the dojo might explode like a teenager does when confronted by a parent: Hurdling accusations, running in fear, hiding in the woods, peeking out to see if it is safe to come out.

The dojo is not just a physical space. It is a combination of energies that synergize to hold us all when we are weak or strong, emotional, vulnerable, serene or hurting.

We can be ourselves here in this place of mutual respect where we learn to give and get. We can hold space and energy for people here and we can receive both when we are in need.

Our dojo is not for everyone. One must be very brave and have fortitude to stay when the very naked aspect of our true selves arrive.

The dojo can hold space for most of us. But it cannot fix issues that must be addressed in other ways.

We are what we are, which is strong, true and even magnificent. Aikido training can complement our path and it can enhance self-knowledge and self-defense. And we are not the answer to all of life’s ills.

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Jisei

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Sword falling

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Just came across an interesting article that highlights that when people try to swing a sword down with muscle all that they are doing is slowing it’s terminal velocity.

It stated that one should try to let the sword achieve terminal velocity and then increase this with muscle in the correct direction.

I am not saying I know how to do this as I don’t but food for thought

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Only the Frogs Cried

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Only the Frogs Cried

As saintly as he was
He ate, he shat, he bled,
He pissed in the night
Young women brought joy
And trouble…
Mosquitoes whined in glee
When he sat under a full moon
Frozen icicles hung from him
In the winter
Sweat steamed from him
In the summer
Still, he harmed no one
And brought joy and comfort to some
In the shadow and shade
Of the ginkgo tree –
Whispering leaves – he died,
Only the frogs cried

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Steps

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18 years ago I began the study of Aikido and throughout that time I’ve studied pretty poorly overall. When I’m training, I try to be as present as possible, and to apply myself as wholly as possible. But as others have written about more eloquently than I feel I can do, it is easy to find excuses, or to get caught up in other things. I get that there is a balance to be had and that each person must decide for his or herself where the lines should be drawn. As for myself, I’ve not applied myself as well as I would have liked, in retrospect. However, the nice thing about the “20/20” vision of hindsight is that we can apply it toward the future, and in a nutshell, that’s what training is to begin with: to do things and pay attention so that when we do more things we might do them better. And perhaps, as members of whatever communities we are connected to, we can help others in some way, too.
Last week I was fortunate enough to be promoted to shodan, and I’ve been fascinated by my feelings over it. I’ve gone from nervous and feeling completely unprepared, to feeling frustrated that I have wasted so much time, to feeling grateful I passed. I went from feeling like it wasn’t really anything more than recognition of time spent, to feeling proud and amused that I get to call myself a “black belt.” Now I feel determined to make it count as much as possible, and to make it signal a turning point, one more in a long line of life events, which I hope will add weight and levity to my actions on the mat and off.
I am of course extremely grateful to my teacher and my sempai and kohai (many of whom have become de facto sempai), and I am also grateful to the many highly experienced voices I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from here. Thank you for your kindness and dedication. We don’t have to agree on anything; only to do our best and care for each other as well as ourselves. So cut yourself some slack and tighten things down; enjoy the sublime and endure difficulty; gambarimashou.
Sincerely,
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Aikido for health

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http://john-hillson.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-fifth-guideline-aikido-should-be.html

I had put other posts on the guidelines here, but this one had too many links and pictures. I explored the guidelines for aikido practice for myself as I came to see them as a definition of aikido as the founder wanted it to be.

Some of the guidelines were the same through different translations, but the different translations varied widely on this topic.

Basics are not uniform. While many Yudansha from different associations and lineages have comparable abilities, I came to see beginners in the various associations are offered very different basic practices.

Solo practices are common or even mandatory in some styles; my Aikikai lineage focused more on partner practice. Seiza, Shikko, and Ukemi are important practices – but potentially harmful.

Warmups are not uniformly codified, and in my experience not even uniformly done.

Taiji is taught in several health care facilities in my area, including the cancer center where I work. Aikido doesn’t have the same volume of data to support it’s use in health care. I love what Janet Rosen has been working on!

My Taiji class has people in wheelchairs, on oxygen tanks, and attached to IV poles participating. The aikido dojo where I train has turned away students for much, much less. How are students with health challenges training in your own dojos?

Are we living up to the promise of O Sensei – “You won’t find a healthier method!” I think there are areas I as a student and as a teacher could do better.

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