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Mystery

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 03:47
Mystery

There is a mystery to life
An uncertainty, with many unknowns
We try to plan, to predict
And, sometimes we get lucky
But, for the most part we don't
So we come up with ideas
Ideas like fate, destiny, karma,
Or, God's will, god's plan
Some kind of explanation
Beyond the fact that life
Life is just this way - mysterious
But, some would hijack this mystery
This honest mystery and create
A belief in supernatural entities
The gods did this, God did that
Then wrap around this god-belief
Some kind of religious trapping
That then traps people's minds and bodies

We are all looking for some kind of
Self-fulfillment, some meaning
To our lives and the world around us
But, if you can accept the unknown
Accept that the universe has mysteries
Mysteries that aren't supernatural
Mysteries that can slowly be explained
Or, perhaps not....at least, not now
Still, we can look at the world and marvel
We can look at the world and cry
We can look at this world of pain and joy
And have faith - faith in ourselves
Life is billions of temporal paths
All leading into a future
That does not have any perceived clarity
But that does not mean we should
Abdicate our ability to think and reason
They say that if God does not exist
Then we would have to invent him
To explain the mystery and give us comfort
I find comfort in good, intelligent people!



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Light Bringer

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 07:28
Light Bringer

I turn my back on angels
Who the fuck needs them?
Needs such righteousness, such purity
I look to demons, sinners
Those who are fallen, like me
To them I can relate to
Remember, the Light Bringer
Came to us, came to us
Perhaps, even he couldn't stand
The uptight stink of heaven



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Sitting in a Bar

Aikido Blogs - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:21
Sitting in a Bar

Sitting in a bar
On the north side of Chicago
Watching people, thinking
I can almost grasp it, almost
It's there, tantalizingly so - almost!
An real existential moment
(I get a lot of those in bars!)
What does it all mean?
We go about our business
Working, doing stuff....
Seeking some sort of connection
But, is there more? Has to be!

I now sit in another bar
A thousand years from now
On a distant space station
Orbiting a majestic gas giant
Thinking the same thoughts -
We have since discovered god
And asked him to give humanity a break
He's been so busy catching up
With the ever exploding multiverse, anyway
But we still search for true meaning -
The bartender keeps them coming
A very retro bar - a human bartender!
Sgt. Pepper plays in the background
Did I say retro?

Maybe in another thousand years
We will have it all figured out??
Later I will take in some
Low gravity Aikido practice
Watching through massive screens
The swirl of fantastic, fast moving gases
In the gas giant below
As nage and uke go round and round
Seeking a union as tantalizingly ephemeral
As that which we have all searched for
Since our mortal creation



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Uchideshi Training at Korinji Monastery (Madison, WI)

Aikido News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:16
Uchideshi Training at Korinji Monastery (Madison, WI)
From: Kristen Radtke posted on 8. Jul 2017, 08:16pm
URL: https://www.korinji.org/focused-internships

Applications are being accepted for combined Aikido/Zen residential training at Korinji, a Rinzai monastery near Madison, WI. Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan), who is also a Zen teacher, serves as the Korinji abbot and will direct the training. Uchideshi in this full-time residential program will participate in daily Zen practice according to the monastic schedule, but with approximately 4 hours daily allotted for Aikido training. For formal uchideshi training a minimum stay of six months is required, with longer stays encouraged. Persons wishing to reside and train for shorter periods are also welcome, however, as general guests. For more information please click the link; inquiries may be directed to info@korinji.org.

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    "The Language of Aikido" Now in Paperback!

    Aikido News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 23:09
    "The Language of Aikido" Now in Paperback!
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 5. Jul 2017, 10:09pm
    URL: http://amzn.to/2tODUHv

    "The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner's Guide to Japanese Characters and Terminology" by Michael Hacker is now available in paperback! “The Language of Aikido” is a well-researched book steeped with scholarship, personal experience, and heart. I believe “The Language of Aikido” will help clarify the Japanese language as used in Aikido to deepen both the theory as well as the practice of our art for students and teachers of all approaches, backgrounds, and experience levels. An invaluable addition to every Aikido library. Highly recommended!

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    Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers

    Aikido News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 01:59
    Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 5. Jul 2017, 12:59am
    URL: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2017/7/4/15919418/aikido-assassins-the-gang-of-siberian-athletes-turned-contract-killers

    This article entitled "Aikido Assassins: The gang of Siberian athletes turned contract killers" describes Andrey Sinyukov, head of the Aikido Federation in Kuzbass, who reportedly engaged in racketeering, money-laundering, blackmail, and even murder through a criminal organization masquerading as a sports entity that he founded. From the article: "Sinyukov is reportedly a 2nd dan blackbelt in Aikido, a title he received in Tokyo. In Russia, he owned and operated the ‘Sei Shin’ training facility for children interested in learning Aikido. He regularly gave interviews to Kuzbass media, where he discussed the importance of sports as a form of education. This façade of legitimacy created by Sinyukov lasted until the the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation in the Kemerovo region reported that Sinyukov was “suspected in a number of especially grave crimes, including murder." In a matter of hours, Sinyukov went from a respected member of society to a wanted fugitive fleeing prosecution."

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    8/26-8/27, 2017: How to Run an Aikido Dojo Workshop, Spotsylvania, VA

    Aikido News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 01:56
    8/26-8/27, 2017: How to Run an Aikido Dojo Workshop, Spotsylvania, VA
    From: Aviv Goldsmith posted on 5. Jul 2017, 12:56am
    URL: http://www.gashuku.net

    8/26-8/27, 2017 in Spotsylvania, CA: We are offering an innovative and informative seminar for Dojo Cho and Senseis and Assistant Instructors. How to Run an Aikido Dojo will be led by a successful businessperson and 6th dan Sensei, Aviv Goldsmith. Learn about all facets of how to make your dojo be more successful and efficient. http://www.gashuku.net/documents/HowtoteachAikidoSeminar2017.pdf

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    Eve of Deconstruction

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 00:44
    Eve of Deconstruction

    And tell me
    Over and over and over and over again my friend
    You don't believe
    We're on the eve of deconstruction
    Mmm, no, no, you don't believe
    We're on the eve of deconstruction

    All the Bannons are a flyin'
    All the signs are a pointin', pointin'
    Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
    Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?
    If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away
    There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave
    Take a look around you boy
    It's bound to scare you boy
    Look whose finger is on the button, boy
    Look whose finger is on the button!

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again my friend
    Ah, you don't believe
    We're on the eve of deconstruction

    Look at all the policies a plottin'
    The American infrastructure deconstructin'
    Look at all the cabinet choices
    Look at all the scandals explodin'
    Look at all the Tweets, my boy
    Yeah my blood's so mad feels like coagulatin'
    I'm sitting here just contemplatin'
    I can't twist the truth it knows no regulation
    Handful of senators don't pass good legislation
    And marches alone can't bring integration
    When human respect is disintegratin'
    This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again my friend
    Ah, you don't believe
    We're on the eve of deconstruction!


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    Have a good 4th of July......and,
    With apologies to Barry McGuire
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    God

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 01:52
    God

    God visited me tonight
    He came out of the night sky
    A blazing span of stars and nebulae
    He came dressed in tenuous clouds
    Drifting in pulse-beat with the spheres
    He came with the ocean reflecting
    The splendor of the heavens
    The ebb and flow of the waters
    In counterpoint to the drifting clouds
    He came into my own eyes
    And found his way into my soul
    Where my each and every breath
    Measured themselves in cosmic time



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    Color of Your Mind

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 02:37
    Color of Your Mind

    Learn about life from life
    About death from death
    Direct experience
    Is the best experience
    Do not ponder overlong
    Minimize that distance
    Between self and object
    Then the essential nature
    Is revealed
    So, kiss the wind
    Cry with the rain
    Walk the earth
    Smell the blossoms
    Caress your own tombstone
    The color of your mind
    Should be the same as that
    Which you perceive



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    Trust the Wind

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 22:07
    Trust the Wind

    Flow and harmony
    Are usually lacking
    In life, in general
    Chaos makes us afraid
    Makes us unsure
    But, trust the wind
    Trust its essence
    And make it your own



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    Video/DVD - Living Aikido Life

    Aikido News - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:31
    Video/DVD - Living Aikido Life
    From: Bogdan Heretoiu posted on 11. Jun 2017, 12:31pm
    URL: http://livingaikido.life/dojo-cho-info/

    Living Aikido Life is a project dedicated to connecting local Aikido Dojos with educators and parents from K-12 Public Schools in their community, with the intention to explore Aikido’s fundamental principle of conflict resolution based on mutual respect. The film and overall project provides exceptional knowledge in how Aikido’s principles can be applied in our daily lives, regardless of being a Martial Artist or not. For more information please visit http://livingaikido.life/dojo-cho-info

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    "The Language of Aikido" by Michael Hacker

    Aikido News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:47
    "The Language of Aikido" by Michael Hacker
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jun 2017, 07:47am
    URL: http://amzn.to/2sDLVf5

    Michael Hacker's new book "The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner's Guide to Japanese Characters and Terminology" has just been released in E-book format! It is a well-researched book steeped with scholarship, personal experience, and heart. I believe “The Language of Aikido” will help clarify the Japanese language as used in Aikido to deepen both the theory and practice of our art for practitioners of our art. An invaluable addition to every Aikido library. Highly recommended!

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    A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 23:54
    A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

    People and palaces
    Mountains and rivers
    All erode over time
    But the teaching remains

    Kilworth Chapel
    University of Puget Sound
    A gathering, a remembrance
    A commemoration of a life
    But mostly, a celebration
    Of a very special life!
    Solemn, respectful, beautiful,
    But, full of joy, also!

    The chanting, the chanting
    The Heart Sutra - The Heart of the
    Perfection of Understanding

    Something we can all meditate on
    Feeling so familiar and soothing
    Deep, flowing, harmonious...
    The drum, beating in counterpoint
    Occasionally, a bell ringing
    All blending into a comforting whole
    Resonating within the congregation

    Life is but a brush of wind
    Lightly felt upon the world
    So goes an old Chinese saying
    But, not so some lives
    Chiba Sensei left his mark
    In his family, his friends,
    His organization, his art,
    And in all his students

    His life was more like a rock
    Thrown into life's pond
    With ripples expanding out and out
    In ever increasing waves
    With each of his loved ones
    And all his students over the years
    Creating their own ripples, ripples
    A continuation of a heritage and a legacy
    Beyond one mere mortal life

    ... but a brush of wind...?
    Not so...unless that wind
    Was a hurricane!

    Summer Camp...
    As gi and hakama flow
    A gathering of hearts!

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    Broken Barriers

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 23:18
    Broken Barriers

    Once the barriers are broken
    And the hinges smashed
    You look back and see
    That there was no need for violence
    For the gate was always open



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    6/30-7/2/2017: Igarashi Shihan Last Summer Seminar Calgary

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:32
    6/30-7/2/2017: Igarashi Shihan Last Summer Seminar Calgary
    From: Andrew Barron posted on 2. Jun 2017, 09:32am
    URL: http://calgaryaikikai.com/the-last-igarashi-summer-aikido-seminar/

    Igarashi, K Shihan 7th Dan is holding his last summer seminar in Calgary from June 30th to July 2nd, 2017. After supporting Calgary Aikikai for the almost four decades, as sensei of our founder Inaba, Y Shihan 6h Dan dojo’s ( Calgary Aikikai Established in 1980), and then following Inaba Sensei’s passing, as the mentor, yearly seminar conductor and yudansha examiner, he has decided to reduce his travel and commitments. Igarashi Shihan’s teaching style and wealth of understanding of all aspects of Aikido will forever be cherished by our members. We welcome all former and new students join us in this event. (for information see www.calgaryaikikai.com)

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    saviors or abusers?

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 20:32
    I used to think that all men were saviors. Then I thought all men were abusers.

    When I was a little girl I thought men kept us safe and protected us from the world. After I started training I thought all men hurt women and there was no hope.

    Now I know the truth is complicated. Good men exist. Good men do bad things sometimes. Bad men do bad things and maybe good things sometimes.

    No man is coming to save me. That is my job. I can learn from all situations. Every single moment can teach me about more about survival and thriving.

    I spent many years looking for my knight is shining armor. Trust me…he is not sitting on a bar stool.

    I starting training in Aikido and found a good man: but better than that I found a good woman who no longer was willing to be saved or be abused.

    In aikido I found my own power. It started subtly as I trained with men who rough around the edges but had good hearts. Men who encouraged me to roll and to wear my white gi pants to fit in; that didn’t care if I looked pretty or got sweaty.

    There were men in that dojo that were self-absorbed and sexist …just like there is all over the world. There were men who did not want to be taught by a woman and who told me that women can’t get strong enough to protect themselves.

    I just kept training and teaching. People that did not like our way at our dojo went away. We find that good people stay. We found that men are good and strong and respectful just as women are good and strong and respectful.

    As we change, the people that we surround ourselves with change too. I am responsible for the choices I make. As men and women train together they can receive and give the best from each other.
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