The Dojo

"Nature is also our dojo. The intricate variations of the seasons, the beauty of the flowers in the field are our teachers, and they lead us to the highest consciousness of Aiki."
-- Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Thinking of the Upcoming Camp

There are some images from summer camp that are evocative. When we all leave the dojo, the yudansha leave their hakama hanging along the walls, ready for the next class.

In the dining hall, after a log day of classes, everyone gathers like family to share a meal.

And the lake, reflecting the sky at sunset.

In Motion

Captured a while ago. The lighting and the camera weren't fast enough to stop the motion but I like the effect. It catches some of the energy.

An Important Lesson

This gets a warning for some language, but it's an important message for anyone practicing martial arts.

Lessons from Camp

Summer camp is Aikido. From morning to evening, and sometimes into the night. But Aikido techniques on the mat are only a part of the experience. There are a lot of things you can learn in Cheraw.

Tonight I had to cook for a group. Napa cabbage, soba noodles, carrots and celery, bean sprouts, chicken, and a home made teriyaki sauce (wine vinegar, brown sugar, fresh ginger, soy sauce). Here it is ready for the wok.

And thanks to Sensei for many lessons, some of them in the kitchen.