Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 06:00

Seagulls sport over the parking lot
Screeching and cavorting
Fighting over discarded scraps
How low they have come
So, so far from any waters
And their original natures
Children today wonder why
They are called seagulls?
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Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 05:50

I say Hi! to the rock
And give it a name:
You are rock.
No response from the rock
I say Hi! to the wind
And give it a name:
You are wind.
No response from the wind
I say Hi! to the moon
And give it a name
You are moon.
I talk to and name many things
But I am ignored
Phenomena is complete within itself
It does not need me to mediate
If I just sit and watch and listen
Communication is there
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Long Time no Post

Aikido Blogs - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 01:09
It's been a while since I visited Aikiweb. I've been enjoying a recent resurgence of training, which has felt wonderful on many levels. There have been days where I wasn't feeling great, but I trained, and that gave me a very nice sense of accomplishment. I've struggled off and on with depression since I was 9 years old, and while there have been many ups and downs, I am pleased to say I feel better than I have in a long time. Adapting to life in increasingly improved ways has created a positive momentum, and as always, what training I can manage contributes as well. My sons are growing strong and smart, and are a constant pleasure. We practice together best we can given their ages of 5 and 7. It's more play than serious training, but that's developmentally the way things work. Little by little they make progress and the play takes on a more formal appearance while staying fun.
...The arc of life is always fascinating to me.
Recently I got to watch a father and son who train at our dojo take their first test together. They move really well and train all the time and it was such a cool thing to see them put on the spot and perform. Yesterday I got to see them training in hakama, and learn how to adjust to the new layer that has been added, literally and metaphorically. I remember the feeling when I first wore hakama and how it added a new feeling to the practice. Good times!
I'm looking forward to more learning and witnessing the unfolding of time. I could blather on for a long time, but I'll just end by saying I appreciate the many voices I've been able to listen to here and express a general sense of gratitude for all the things in my life. It wouldn't be what it is without them.
Be excellent!
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Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Oberlin Aikikai, April 28-30, 2017

Aikido News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:15
Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Oberlin Aikikai, April 28-30, 2017
From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 6. Apr 2017, 10:15am

All are welcome to join Oberlin Aikikai for the May Fair Seminar featuring Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan of Boulder Aikikai. This year Ikeda Shihan will visit Oberlin College April 28-30th, 2017. Ikeda sensei has been visiting Oberlin for more than 30 years teaching May Fair seminars and sharing his unique insight into Aikido. He travels around the world often participating in Bridge seminars that include teachers from other organizations and arts. Keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, April 28, evening class at 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, morning class at 10 - 1 p.m. The seminar cost $140, or $40 per class. Preregistration is advised and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: or, or call 216-3922274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

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    Long Drives

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 06:39
    Long Drives

    Sometimes, late at night
    I go for long drives
    With a full moon, low, and

    Bright on the horizon
    I drive towards it
    I never reach it, of course

    I know this
    But, I drive and drive
    Relentlessly, I drive
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