Writing Poetry

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Nothing Works…
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  #231 New Today 05:01 PM
Writing Poetry

When you write poetry
Everything talks to you
The wind, the trees, flowers,
Traffic on city streets
The moon takes on a new life
Especially internally
Even ordinary existence
Is full of non-ordinariness
A stone by the side of the road
Tells me many stories
The true nature of things
Is partly revealed…But…
The common world
Still confuses me
Meaning still eludes me
But, even this, I write about

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Too many men

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4 new women turned up for class last night. For the strong men this is a challenge and I always am amazed who enjoys training with as many partners as possible and who just try to stick with their small circle of clunky men.

One of my earliest encounters with technique vs. force was in my second or third year of training. There was a small Japanese (although nationality is completely irrelevant here) lady (small meaning about 140 cm and compared to my 193 cm that is very small). She trained about as long as I did. Of course she didn’t use brute force on me, how could she. When we were up to speed I noticed how fast I found the floor every single time. There was a very important lesson I learned that day. I decided that I wanted to study Aikido like she did, small girl’s Aikido instead of big strong guy’s Aikido.

Looking back I am grateful I had so many different partners to train with in my early years. All the different partners opened my eyes to what I am searching for.

I hope enough of the women will stay to have the same impact on the clunky men I now train with.

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Samurice

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  #230 New Today 05:48 PM
Samurice

He walked into the dojo
Confident, arrogant even
He said he had black belts
In a number of martial arts
And, now, wanted one in aikido
How long will it take? He asked
I got one in taekwondo in a year
And, I really like that samurice stuff
(Really! Samurice??)
Sensei’s reply was nicer
Than mine would have been
But, we did suwari waza
For the entire class that night
We never saw him again

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…when I was just a peanut

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  #53 New Today 05:47 PM
I started playing basketball and baseball really early. I had 5 older brothers….it was our culture….we ran, we hid, we threw balls and caught them or got hit in the face. One of the first things I remember my father telling me was “keep your eye on the ball” as he pitched a baseball. I would shoot at the hoop on my brother Dickie’s 6 foot 4 shoulders when I was just a peanut. Movement is my spiritual practice. If I am walking or riding my bike or playing mitt’s and sticks with Ron, you know I am happy.

So aikido was a natural for me. Not that I knew it when I started. I just thought Ron was a fine looking fella, to quote my mother.

For the 1st year I stumbled about not having a clue. Not one clue. I did not understand the whole concept of being uke. Why would anyone want to fall down? I could not roll…not at all. It was very scary and pitiful. I used to hide at the end of the line but the guys would push me up and encourage me even though every roll and every fall hurt like hell. I cried after class a lot.

Once after a particularly terrifying class I vowed never to come back. Ron saw me scurrying out and he called me over to explain it was only noise when the guys yelled as they attacked me. He said noise can’t hurt you and the guys would never hurt me anyway. I didn’t totally believe him but I really appreciated him taking the time to explain that to me. When I was a kid my father would yell at me and then hit me. I never knew there was a separation. I really needed aikido training badly.

So I kept training 3 times a week. And here I am waiting for classes to start up again in September….every few days I do some rolls so I know I still remember how. I will be 59 years old next week and I can fly through the air and land in a nice round roll. I love that and I love the me that aikido has helped me find.

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2 weeks, can't hardly wait

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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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