Shihan was clearly enjoying the class. No word yet from the uke.


"We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life!"
--Thomas Merton

For The Joy of It

Why do we practice? At the end of class on Monday, Shihan was talking about practice. The day into weeks into months into years practice that those of us who have made Aikido part of our life all understand.

The why is an individual answer and I can only answer for myself. There is a joy in this for me, times where it all seems to come together, where I transcend the ordinary. They don't happen often,  but they serve as glimpses of the possible like clouds parting to let a climber see the mountaintop ahead.
"With all the moving energy of our life’s force, we practice the Way of Bu…
In Aikido we give voice to the song of joy of the whole universe."

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face

An appropriate title considering the classes Shihan has been teaching recently, but it's a quote from Mike Tyson.  I found it in a post on The Classic Bukoka discussing the reality and relevance of modern martial arts training. Some interesting ideas and good questions. I tried to pick out a quote, but I think you should read the whole thing.

Training For the Love Of It

Whatever kind of training it may be, find the heart of it and give it your best.