Patricia Hendricks

Aikido Journal is back online. After the death of Stanley Pranin, it took an effort on the part of a number of dedicated Aikidoka to revive the site. While they practice a different style of Aikido, I find I enjoy the articles they post and the connection to a larger Aikido community.

Here's a three minute snippet of an interview with Patricia Hendricks where she talks about what she sees as important in Aikido today. It speaks to me because I started late in life, never had the experience of doing Aikido as a young man, and have to accept my physical limitations just to be on this journey.



If you're thinking of starting a martial art, whether you're 25 or 55, come and join us.

A Good Day

Lead by Harris Shihan and Pasour Shihan, Saturday we held an all day Aikido seminar in Farmville.

A chance to work out with old friends and new.

At the end of the day we were already talking about doing it again.





Veteran's Day Seminar


Come and join us for a one day Aikido seminar at the Farmville Dojo. Pasour Shihan and Harris Shihan will be leading the event. The location is 3725 West Wilson St, Farmville NC 27828. Call 252-531-8476 with any questions or if you looking for a place to spend the night. The seminar fee will be $60.00.

Controlling the Center

Last night in class, Shihan was explaining a theory about one-point. That, in an interaction, there are three centers to consider. The first is your own, the second is your uke's, and the third is the center of the two of you together.

Later last night, completely unrelated, I was looking at an article on planetary orbit. We think of the Sun as a stationary object that the Earth rotates around. Something like this.


In fact, the sun is moving too. It's a complex movement, but it is enough to understand that the Sun is moving 514,000 mph in a movement around the Galactic center. Earth's center is trapped and controlled by the Sun and so, instead of moving in a circle around the Sun, it is following the Sun's movement in a continuous trailing spiral.


Once the center is controlled, it's all spirals.


Study thoroughly the principles of the universe and practice them.
--Koichi Tohei




We Pause For a Moment

Aikido is always a journey. The greatest Sensei will say that he is still learning and exploring. People who don't study have no idea. They think a black belt is a sign of mastery of an art.

 Shodan is an acknowledgement that one has learned a specific set of building blocks and shown a level of dedication to training over a number of years. It is a waypoint on the journey. An important one in some ways. It signifies that you have been accepted by your organization as a serious student.

Lee Sensei reached that waypoint at Gasshuku 2017. This weekend our dojo celebrated her promotion with a gathering and a meal that ended with the presentation of her belt.


 

On Monday the journey continues.